Iconic for the period and used throughout Northern Europe and Colonial America. 80” overall with elegantly fluted base to the thickened point head. Both sides decorated. One nearly obscured. The other with cursive inscription to the top and cartouche and motto to the bottom. Ringed conical bolster and rounded cheek straps conforming to the pole section. The haft mottled old painted surface and a series of gilt head tacks securing the remnants of gold bullion over red cloth, probably originally covering the entire haft. See European Cut and Thrust Weapons, Muller & Kolling, #264 for an example of identical form, dated 1663 and identified as the weapon of an Austrian Artillery officer. Ex: Virginia House Museum, Richmond Virginia.