First quarter of the 13th century. Fourth Crusade period which took place primarily in Byzantium, fought largely by French Crusaders. 8 1/8" length, wedge section blade with characteristic riveted brass shoulders. Broad exposed tang for antler or wood scale grips and original curved pommel cap. Excellent excavated condition. The blade with particularly good profile with much original surface intact, probably buried in its scabbard, now lost. The tang showing more degradation as the wood grips held moisture.