Iron hilt of Aurangzebi form (Pant figure 281) with dished pommel and elegantly recurved knuckle bow. The surface brown, evidently turned from blue, with scattered light surface oxidation. 31 ¼” curved wedge section blade with long false edge, smooth with mottled staining and distinct patterning, suggesting watered steel construction. According to Pant, Aurangzeb(1658-1707), son of Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal) made improvements to the Delhishahi hilt including enlarging and dishing the pommel and reducing the quillons. This example accords with the Pant example identified as Aurangzebi form, in detail.