19th century. 19 1/2" sharply tapered double fullered thrusting blade struck with a series of X's each side. Characteristic I shaped hilt sheathed in embossed and engraved brass. The terminals expanded to provide a guard and pommel. Wood scabbard sheathed in brass embossed in angled or spiral motif to the front. The blade with original tool finish. The brass with minor dents as expected. African swords made for thrusting are very rare as virtually all others were made for hacking. This example is influenced by Arab swords and was made for personal defense among the African and Arab slaver traders in Zanzibar, which at the time, under the rule of Tippu Tib, was the center of the slave trade.