17th century with iron hilt chiseled in high relief in naturalistic foliage. That form of decoration is specifically related to the reign of Shah Jahan and earlier (pre 1658) deemed to date any piece so decorated to that period. 30 3/4" curved s.e. blade with double fullers and slightly raised false edge, the ricasso struck with a maker's mark. The surface shows evidence of pattern welding with just minimal oxidation speckles. Exceptionally well preserved for an example of this early period.