Encrusted silver decoration of the kind found on the hilt of this sword was executed in the early 17th Century in Germany, Switzerland, France and England, but only the English group, to which this does not belong, has been studied. The presence of what is presumably the imperial eagle on the pommel points, however, to a German origin (see A.V.B. Norman, The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460-1820, London, 1980, pp. 360-62).
The mark on the blade is one of those ascribed to the Solingen bladesmith Meves (Bartholomus) Berns, who is recorded in the early seventeenth Century. It is probable, therefore, that the date on the blade of the present sword is not that of its manufacture, but has some other unknown significance (see A. Weyersberg, Solinger Schwertschmiede des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts und ihre Erzeugnisse, Solingen, 1926, pp. 11-12).