Three bar guard pattern which became popular in America and Europe after Waterloo, including the British 1822 Light Cavalry sword and the US1833 Dragoon Saber. Two relate examples are illustrated in Spanish Military Weapons in Colonial America, 1700-1821, Pl.161-2 and Pl.163. The former is dated 1769 on the blade though possibly rehilted a few decades later and the last is dated by the author to 1820. The blade lengths are 33 ¼” and 33” respectively. This example has a 32 5/8” curved narrow fullered blade and contoured two-piece horn scale grips. Dating to the period of independence and war with Spain, the Texas Revolution and the US-Mexican War of 1846-8 it is a survivor of the pivotal events of the American southwest as well. Swords of this type and period, when encountered, are invariably in poor condition, both degraded and abused, evidently having been subsequently used as agricultural tools. This example is distinguished by its untouched condition. The horn grip is complete and slightly shrunk as expected. The blade shows a substantially smooth finish with widely scattered old surface rust growth and small nicks from use. It could be easily cleaned but benefits from this condition. The forte has two small marks impressed, possibly an11. Overall, it appears that the sword has never been repolished from its time of use. For swords of this type, it is, in our opinion, in optimal condition with great Southwest/Texas character.