From a well-known group. See Arms and Armor in Colonial America p.91, right (Harold Peterson Collection). This example with fine heavy hilt retaining its rich blued finish and diced horn grip. These swords served the Spanish whose primary goal was the capture and transport of gold to the Spanish crown. So substantial was the volume, that it caused a deflation in the world economy at the time. It also generated a fleet of pirates who skillfully scoured the Caribbean for the Spanish treasure ships using stealth, deception, the cover of weather and the speed and agility of captured ships to overcome their objectives. Fine centerpiece for Caribbean pirate collection.