On the blade in nasta'liq:
'Work of Muhammad Hadi the year 1218 (1803-04)'
Other works by Muhamad Hadi are:
a dagger in the V & A dated 1217 (1802-03);
a knife dated 1214 (1799-1800) and a short sword with an ivory handle commissioned by a Qajar official for Prince Muhammad depicting the Prince and dated 1215 (1800-01) (M.A. Karimzadeh Tabrizi, The Lives & Arts of Old Painters of Iran, vol.3, London, 1991, footnote on p.1102).
On the handle:
A Persian couplet, describing the dagger in the palm of an unnamed Prince like the crescent Moon in the hand of the Sun.
The handle is signed as:
'Work of 'Ali Afshar'
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