Mid-18th century. Made entirely in the New World, probably Florida or the Caribbean islands. Forged iron with cupped circular guard and simple knuckle bow. Wood grip with iron base ferrule and domed cap over which the knuckle bow is peened. Original stitched hide grip covering. 22" heavy wedge section blade. The iron with stable very old brown rust as develops in salt water atmosphere. Numerous superficial bruises. Grip sound, tight and complete. Wonderful age character throughout. Dating to the period of pirate activity, this example is as close to certainly being a pirate weapons as will be found!