Classic example of the type identified as the first swords made in the New World. These were made in the Caribbean in the 17th century and are well documented in literature including Arms and Armor in Colonial America, Peterson, pl.78, and Spanish Military Weapons in Colonial America, Brinkerhoff & Chamberlain, where the chapter on swords is introduced with an example, pl.125 & 126. These were made by talented blacksmiths, not swordsmiths and unlike European swords which were products of a group of specialists, each performing a task repeatedly, they show variations and the effects of handwork. This example represents the group very well for form and workmanship with 38 1/2” narrow fullered d.e. blade of European form with rectangular ricasso within the cup. Thickened double bordered scalloped edge cup with four bars joining the edge to the crossguard. Deep curved knuckle bow and mushroom form pommel. Diced horn grip shows some loss from flaking. The metal with smooth dark patina throughout. The base of the knuckle bow with lamination seam.