C.1860-71, pre-unification of Germany and probably serving one of the pre-unification principalities. Brass hilt. The pattern evolved from Napoleonic examples, with double shell guards, the left, folding and on this example as many, removed. Wire wrapped horn grip. 31 3/4" diamond section blade of rapier form. The ricasso marked GERMANY indicating it like most European swords, was German-made, probably Solingen. Worth some research.