Typologically, this sword extends the trend to smaller lighter weapons which could provide advantage in agility based on the latest fencing techniques. Its iron hilt defends effectively against a heavier weapon. Its robust grip assures good purchase for the gloved hand. The decoration of the blade incorporates, in French, the popular invocation draw me not without reason, sheath me not without honor. French adventurism in the 1680s, under Louis XIV (The Sun King) included capturing Spanish territory in the Netherlands and Alsace. The French attacked a weakened Spain at will and expanded in northern Europe where war with the Ottomans drew resources to the Eastern front. 27 1/4" length blade.