Second half of the 19th century as carried by a businessman, likely a slaver or ivory merchant as those two commodities were the foundation of the African economy. 24 ¾” length, tapered and covered in tooled red leather as popular in Morocco. The workmanship definitely of east central (Horn of Africa) origin probably Ethiopian. White metal tip mount. 18” medially ridged d.e. blade. Providing a measure of protection in the streets which were rife with thieves or from the desperate captives on their way to the slave markets.