The signature on the Persian blade reads: The work of Muhammad Kazem Shirazi. The other inscription on that side is a couplet in Persian, mentioning the name Karam'ali Khan.
The inscription on the spine reads: sarkar-e mir murad 'ali khan-e talpur madad ya 'ali 'alayha al-salam (Sarkar Mir Murad 'Ali Khan Talpur, O 'Ali, May peace be upon him, Help!)
Another sword by this maker was in the Leo S. Figiel Collection (L.S.Figiel: On Damascus Steel, New York, 1991, pp.84-5). That sword was dated 128 (1715-16 AD), showing this maker to have been active in the late Safavid period. He was also commissioned by Shah Sultan Husayn to make a steel penbox, dated 1109/1697-8 or 1119/1707-8 now in the Shrine of the Imam Reza, Mashhad (J. Allan & B. Gilmour: Persian Steel, The Tanavoli Collection, Oxford, 2000, pp. 30, 204, 287 & 524). A sword with similar enamelled mounts was exhibited in Karachi (N. Askari: Treasures of the Talpurs, exhibition catalogue, Karachi, 1999, figs.66 and 67, pp.65-6).
The Talpur family belong to the Baluchi tribes and are mentioned as officers and ministers of the Kalhora kings of Sind who they eventually overthrew. The first king, Fath'ali Khan (d. 1217/1802) was one of the four brothers. After his death, Ghulam'ali (d.1227/1811), Karam'ali Khan (d.1244/1828) and Murad'ali (d.1249/1833) became the rulers. They became renowned for their appreciation of art, notable manuscripts and weapons, many of which have appeared on the market and are in public and private collections.