The ribbon hilt broadsword evolved about 1600 with changes through the 17th century. The evolution is well documented by Wallace. This example dates about 1650-60 and is knows as a beaked nose ribbon hilt, owing to the thick straight cross guard. It accords with Wallace #20. The hilt, composed of flat bars retains remnants of the vertical fluting seen on the Wallace example. The original grip retains about 30% leather covering. The 28 5/8” blade is broad fullered at the forte. The condition overall is typical of surviving examples of this type which by tradition, were hidden from the British buried deep in the thatched roofs. As roof thatching lasts about 200 years, it is likely that many were lost for generations until the roofs were renewed.