The cup hilt form was so universally adopted in Spain that it was used for broadswords as well as rapiers through the early 18th century. This example was probably privately purchased and carried by a military officer, very possibly in North American or the Caribbean. It is a type popularly associated with pirate use. The cup is constructed with a folded over edge intended to trap an adversary's blade, confirming its use for skilled hand to hand fighting. The left side bears impacts to the cup edge from use in mortal combat. The broad blade bears a large inscription in its fullers, now obscured. 31 1/4" length blade.