Made to the naval standard but privately purchased and not ordnance marked. Figure eight guard and ribbed cast iron grip. Hilt in excellent preservation with the leather finger loop and blade seat intact. 29” curved broad fullered blade, rusted with uniform pitting. This sword would have been used aboard a merchantman in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars and War of 1812.and after. Both wars which involved considerable naval action, provided opportunities for pirates and privateers and every ship at sea was in jeopardy and armed to repel boarders. Swords were racked and locked until needed. They were not provided with scabbards and the effect of the salt air is evident on this blade.