Qajar, reign of Naser al Din Shah (1848-1896). Neoclassic style popular in his reign. Iron with 28" particularly well forged double edged blade of fine medially ridge section Both sides decorated overall with serpents and fish on alternate thicket and calligraphy panels. Dramatically shaped iron hilt with bifurcated quillon terminals with remnants of silver decoration. Fine patina with the decoration crisp and vibrant. This example mounts a heavy fighting blade, among the proudest encountered for these.