Swords of this type were used in Yemen and Oman in the nineteenth century. The decoration of the hilt, with intricate floral scrolls, is reminiscent of similar workmanship produced in Hyderabad, a testimony of the strong links between India and the Arabian peninsula. For three comparable examples, see Hales 2013, p.245.
Overall in good condition, minor patination to the blade, minor oxidation, minor dents and the knucle chain missing, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."