Style produced for personal protection and carried in the streets in colonial America. See Neumann 6.S for a very similar but plainer example. This example is distinguished by its pierced shell guard with a crowned classical portrait and large fancy knuckle bow terminal. The 18 1/2 wedge section blade is struck with a maker's mark of an owl each side and shows dark patina mixed interspersed with pitting speckles. The guard lacks the quillon as often found and is bent at the base. Original antler grip in excellent condition.