Dated 1829. Iron hilt with "melon slice" form guard decorated with the royal arms of Spain. The broad borders, inside and out, with geometric bands flanking panels with the fleur de lis of the House of Bourbon. The pommel decorated with the rampant lions and castle opposite. The quillon terminals with the fleur de lis and quillon block with serial number 45. Iron simulated wire and tape wrap grip. 32 1/2" blade, edged for the first half. The forte marked Artillera Fabrica de Toledo ano de 1829 and opposite, Real Cuerpo. de Guardias Alabarderos (Royal Beefeaters Guard Corp). The Spanish Royal Guard was modeled on Napoleon's own Royal Guard which served as his bodyguard, and surrounded him in battle. It served Ferdinand VII who was installed as King of Spain by Napoleon in 1813. The sword is arguably the last of the true rapiers with a stout thrusting blade and hilt of the form favored since about 1700. Excellent preservation for the period including its original blade seat.