Late 18th- early 19th century. Unique in our experience and difficult to date but likely in the interval of the French Revolution through the revolutions of 1848. The events of that period involved uprisings of the masses against the establishment, Royal and Imperial. Weapons were made and procured in any way possible. A group of Gothic partisans is known to have been marked and reused in the French Revolution. See Stone fig. 516 #4 for an example from that group. This example is of heavy fighting form, fashioned in the 16th century style, probably copied from a painting. Mounted, it would have been eminently effective against government cavalry. 24 1/4" length. Uniform inactive rust growth to the surface.