Blacksmith made of iron bar stock with a shaped blackened wood grip and 30" blade. Large "basket" hilt, probably representing a pirate's sword. Hand made and crude, but undoubtedly effective at distance in theater lighting. In the 19th century, virtually every town of consequence had a theater or opera house. Tens of thousands, each with a stock of wardrobe and props, provided nightly entertainment. Weapons such as this were abundant, but doomed by their simple construction and lack of utility after the theaters converted to film. A rare survivor in untouched condition.