Of slightly diminutive proportions, this fine sword is probably influenced by the moral reform and austerity which swept English culture at the end of the 17th century and survived longer in rural areas. The plain hilt is struck with four quartered marks in the inside shells. Three are indistinct, evidently as struck as the hilt is not worn. The cause probably was provincially produced stamps of insufficient hardness which wore and dulled with time. The grip is fine silver wire and tape. The 28" triangular blade is plain as made and has a smooth glossy gray patina.