French Revolutionary Wars, dated 1793. That year Louis XVI was executed in January and France declared war on Britain Feb.1. 92 3/4" length. Iron head of swelled base leaf form with medial ridge. Banded conical socket with baluster cross bar and cheek straps securing it to the oil cloth or tarred cloth covered haft. The base of the head crudely chiseled with GR over M E one side and G H over 1793 the other. The ME inscription is consistent with English notation placing Militia before unit specified. That is well illustrated in the 1751 hangers, most of which are inscribed M Cumberland, for example, designating the Cumberland Militia. In this instance, The Essex Militia is likely referred to and this example probably dates to mid century, and was refurbished for service against Napoleon. Iron with mostly smooth and occasional scattered pitting. Haft surface worn only.