The hilt to tip 'sideways' scratches and the lack of darkening in the letters underscore the 'cleaning' of the blade.
The lack of sharpness of the contour lines on the handle indicate 'work' as well.
I think the item is genuine but has been heavily 'restored'.

Potos of the scabbard would be helpful, especially the finish without the hanger and the screw heads.ame off

Kinda' like a classic car that has had a 'frame off' restoration.

Last edited by Texasuberalles; 12/07/2018 03:56 AM.