I recently got this sword with a bunch of others at an estate sale. I bought some reference books and checked with a few collectors (I don't know much about swords except what I learned from the books and collectors) and 's what I learned about this one:This is a Masonic sword and scabbard from the Knights Templar. I am told it was probably made by one of the companies in Solingen Germany such as Clauberg, Kirschbaum, or Weyersberg because of the design of it. T is no maker's mark on the blade so I can't say for sure. The blade is about 28 inches long. It has a wide groove down the center. The edges have no nicks. T is no rust. Front side of the blade has some very deep etching of leafy designs with a scroll in the center that says SIR KNIGHT J.A. CARTER. The back side also has leafy designs with a crown that has a cross inside it in the middle. The metal parts of the handle are silver plated. The center of the guard has a cross on each side. The handle part is black wood. This sword is very tight with no wobble or looseness. The scabbard has plating on it that is either nickel or silver. It is etched with the same crown and cross as on the blade, with leafy designs, a Maltese cross, etc. T is a little stud on the back side instead of the rings. Around the stud it is stamped very small: PATENTED NOV. 2 nd 1858. I am told that very old Mason swords like this one are very rare and that collectors love them. I accept bids ONLY from domestic US bidders. Please use the shipping calculator to find out how much it will cost to ship the sword to your location. Insurance is REQUIRED. I will ship by Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. I accept Paypal (only with a CONFIRMED Paypal address) or Money Order or a Cashiers/Certified Check. I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY PERSONAL OR BUSINESS CHECKS! I MUST receive payment within SEVEN CALENDAR DAYS - NO EXCEPTIONS. I am listing 2 other swords tonight and will be putting up more this week - all were purchased together out of one collection at an estate sale. Please check them out because I WILL combine shipping on items purchased within a 3-day period. NOTICE!!! I HAVE HEARD THAT THE SHIPPING CALCULATOR IS THROWING OUT SOME CRAZY AMOUNTS FOR SHIPPING! PLEASE DISREGARD THESE QUOTES! DOMESTIC US SHIPPING WILL BE $18 (Priority Mail - with Delivery Confirmation) PLUS INSURANCE. INSURANCE IS REQUIRED! I WILL SEND THE WINNING BIDDER AN INVOICE WITH THE CORRECT SHIPPING AMOUNT AT THE END OF THE AUCTION.