The hilt of this sword hilt has acquired a rich dark patina. Grip is wood, once covered by leather or sharkskin. Felt cloth is present between the grip and the inside of the guard. I believe this is a remnant of the lining to the inside the guard, like to the felt covers on English and Scottish basket-hilted swords. Blade is straight, cutlass-like, 67 cm / 26.5" long and 34 mm wide at the ricasso. Gradually tapering down, the fuller runs to 14 cm short of the point. The blade may have been shortened from the full-length cavalry backsword's blade, as this is how I believe this sword originally started it's life.