Mexican occupation C.1862-67. Serving Maximilian against the Republicans. 73 1/2" length with diamond section blade and split ball base piece characteristic for these. Double wood segments below. Conical iron shoe. The haft covered with red silk (nearly complete-minor damage only) and brass tacks. Metal bright with speckled gray patina. After the invasion of Veracruz and numerous victories over governemnt forces, Maximilain was seated as Emperor in 1864. Republican forces continued the struggle ultimately defeating the imperial forces and executing Maximilian on June 19, 1867.