See Swords for Sea Service, pl.118 for a similar, naval issue example. Brass hilt with two side bars and knuckle bow secured to the pommel with a screw. Wire wrapped leather covered grip. 26 1/2" curved narrow fullered blade produced in Germany and exported throughout Europe for nearly a century. They were used for an extensive array of swords from the British M.1742 and M.1752 hangers, to civilian swords, and American Revolutionary War swords. Blade with a chocolate brown patina and some minor old rust growth, typical for marine use. Hilt excellent for the period. Marine commerce was integral to Holland's economy, as they had no natural resources and little industry. This sword served to protect its ship against pirates and the French.