Originally Posted by RAMBA
Very very interesting - I note that the blade does not have a ricassso. Which it should as has been previously suggested to me with Indian made blades. The blade is thin flexible and light. I assume when you say 17th C you mean 1600s - 1700? Not 1700s.
This is all very interesting.
17th century in our parlance means 1600s.
The blade as noted is likely to have been one of the German blades which were traded into India in latter 1600s, and into 1700s. The article by Robert Elgood as noted in previous posts is superb and will give you great insight to those circumstances.