Standard infantry pattern with 27" blade marked Mf Art Fab de TOLEDO 1840. One piece brass hilt of 1818 pattern (Spanish Colonial Weapons #184 "the last pattern carried by Spanish foot soldiers during the colonial years") sand cast as found on Confederate weapons and clearly made in the New World. The blade made in Spain and either imported unmounted as was often done to save space or remounted from a standard issue arm. Manufacture of such swords at that time responded to two markets. The first was private purchase cutlasses, which this qualifies as, for merchantmen and pirates or privateers. The second was Confederate use which was the ultimate use for many private purchase arms mentioned. Dating from the War with Mexico and the turbulent period leading up to the Civil War and most likely participated in it directly, or at sea in the piracy and blockade runner activities.