This sword is a representative example of a Knights Templar - Grand Lodge of Texas society or lodge sword; Knights Templar, is "a Christian-oriented fraternal organization and an integral part of the Masonic Fraternity."
The most distinctive feature on the sword is the "Texas Star" in the center of the cross-guard. Also the "Templar Cross" on the grip.
Knight's-head pommel; three-point cross-guard finials; knight's-head is displayed in the center of the cross-guard.
The grips are
usually of a "white" material (ivory, bone, French Ivory or white celluloid). The metal parts are usually cast and nickel-plated, but can be found gold-plated (according to rank).
They are very ornate in appearance and were not intended for combat.
Fraternal, Lodge, or Society swords are relatively inexpensive to
own and are fun to collect.
There are seemingly infinite variations and I have owned many.
Most are marked - usually Ames, Henderson-Ames, M.C. Lilley, or Pettibone - and are found in infinite degrees of condition.