The hilt decorated throughout in panels of swirls, radial splays and bordered beads. That relatively austere rendition is typical of its American counterparts and probably reflective of an owner with an orthodox religious disposition. The forward arm of the guard, as well as the base ferrule of the grip, are struck with hallmarks. The blade is of flattened diamond section. The first quarter is finely decorated with a variety of motifs, evidently some mystical, and a central oval with the French phrase Homi Soit Qui Mal y Pense (Shamed be he who thinks evil of it). That phrase was also popular in English heraldry including the Order of the Garter. However, its use here without a royal cipher is distinctively French. The blade decoration retains all its original gold ground. Blade length: 29 1/2.