Brass hilt of French influence, the pierced guard composed of the Arms of Haiti with palm trees, flags and cannons. Wire wrapped ribbed horn grip. 28 ¾” slightly curved s.e. blade, uniquely Spanish, blunted at the forte with narrow fullered edges, single edged in the middle and double edged for the balance to the point. The blade with glossy gray patina. The hilt worn from polishing for parade. Dating to probably the most important decades in Haitian history entered with a military government which ruled by show of force which is entirely consistent with the repeated polishing for parade of this sword. An extraordinary survivor of the world’s oldest black republic. We were not able to find a single Haitian sword of the period other than the state swords.