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Early 19th century, the period of rampant cannibalism, when human flesh was considered a staple and rival bands regularly raided each other to provide flesh for the table. As a result of cannibalism, those bands were so insular that, according to Clunie, ... (read more)
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Made specifically for the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. 13 7/8" iron head on cylindrical bolster. The leaf shaped point with typical cusped transition. Fine woven wire socket and wood haft broken short to fit into a trooper's pack. In tribal battle, the assegai wa... (read more)
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Mahdist Period C.1885. Carved wood hilt with expanded medial and crested pommel. 26" curved d.e. jambiya form blade decorated with a large panel of thuluth script at the forte each side. Blade shows mottled glossy gray patina. Hilt excellent with surface ... (read more)
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Head only. Zulu War of 1879. 8 5/8" total length. Leaf shaped point of offset section on cylindrical bolster with tapered tang. Some original finish mixed with rust growth resulting in short irregularity to the edge. Surely brought back by an English troo... (read more)
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Zulu War of 1879. 33" total length. Dark hard wood haft pierced for a wrist thong. The butt unset with an ivory rectangle. Two very fine large bands of copper wire work in best Zulu workmanship, excellently preserved. The terminal with long black hair, pr... (read more)
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$525.00
Zulu War of 1879 and typically, with a drop of white paint spatter as used in manor houses where these were displays as trophies brought back by English officers. 49 3/4" length with medially ridged leaf shaped point on cylindrical bolster. Hide covered s... (read more)
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Used in the flesh for human consumption (cannibalism) trade, as recorded by Glave in 1890. 25 1/2" overall with finely forged blade decorated with stipple line work and solid line bordered panels with stipple fields. Wood hilt in four stages of characteri... (read more)
$435.00
1879 War capture. Early example predating the war by decades and perhaps generations. 23 1/2" length. The iron head with four distinct blade impacts, probably from spear heads. Tapered bolster with hatched decoration. Wood haft slightly and gracefully cur... (read more)
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1879 War recovery. 27 1/2" length. Iron head with rounded edge and tapered support, shows glossy black patina over original forged surface with lamination evident and minor imperfections. Wood haft with slightly swelled butt and bulbous terminal with step... (read more)
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British capture from the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. Well used fighting example. 22" length. Thick wood haft with flared butt and bulbous terminal above double bands of simple incised diamond, triangle and hatched designs. Rounded edge T shaped iron head shows d... (read more)
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Forged iron. 16 3/4” length with broad medially ridged leaf shaped blade, rectangular section bolster and and open seam socket with stepped edge. Well used with the edge a little irregular from sharpening.... (read more)
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Particularly elegant example, finely forged, indicative of an elite owner. 35 1/2” length with faceted socket bearing the stub of its shaft, removed in antiquity, probably by a missionary. Fine elongated leaf shaped blade supported by raised veins at the ... (read more)
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27” length with curiously asymmetrical leaf shaped point. The open seam socket continues as a straight medial flat but the blade is noticeably broader on one side. That form is obviously intentional and probably reflects suitability for two different figh... (read more)
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25 1/4” length. Opened seam conical socket (remnants of original wood haft) developing to heavy tapered bolster and medial ridged trapezoidal head. Of such weight that it could have served as a bludgeon to subdue a victim, preserving market value, as of c... (read more)
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Zulu War of 1879 trophy. 14” point of elongated leaf shape, well forged with adjacent surfaces alternately stepped in and out. Indented base. Socket wrapped with fine basket weave split rattan (few minor flaws) and just the splintered upper part of the ha... (read more)
$585.00
14” length with 9 3/8” recurved blade with thick armor piercing point. Both sides decorated with silver koftgari in repeated panels of naturalistic foliage. That feature is specifically attributed to the reign of Shah Jahan and earlier, pre-1658. Bolster ... (read more)
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The largest and finest we have encountered! Late 19th century. 16 3/8” overall. 10 7/8” copper blade finely hammer formed with tapered raised medial, delicately chamfered edges and six pin formed (not drilled) circles to the tip. The field in opposing off... (read more)
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Watered steel construction throughout with pattern showing to the blade flats and side bars. 11” blade with thickened armor piercing point and raised medial chiseled with a trefoil at the base each side. Cusped support chiseled with a V and dot motif band... (read more)
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Antler hilt intricately carved with projecting teeth and scroll work. The branch tips with black hair tufts. Split cane wrapped grip over pitch base. 18 3/8” blade, finely forged with slightly concave back and convex face. The profile with recurved step t... (read more)
$215.00
19 1/2” length. Carved from one piece of wood with characteristic diamond shape and section head on elongated swelled hilt with pointed thrusting butt. The head decorated both sides with hound’s tooth borders in the Fijian taste. The front with double ban... (read more)
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$545.00
Iron, of good form and large proportions with 28 1/2” broad double fullered wedge section blade struck with the “eye brow” mark found on Italian swords and probably a blade imported from Italy. Hilt with large dished radially fluted pommel, canted swelled... (read more)
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Insurrection period C.1899. 19 5/8” wedge section blade forged with some surface flaws indicative of the urgency of the need for weapons. Horn hilt with stylized human head pommel and broad iron base ferrule. Horn with light tool finish and age graining. ... (read more)
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The Christian dagger of iconic form with deeply curved edge 10 7/8” blade. Craved wood hilt with stylized floral form pommel. Wood scabbard well carved with double curtain fold bands at the throat, raised panel edges and central floral motif surrounding t... (read more)
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Philippine Insurrection of 1899. One piece horn grip with Christian floral form pommel. Brass base ferrule. Hatched brass cross guard. 13” clipped point Bowie form blade inscribed negrito RP. Grip dry with a little delamination. Brass with fine patina. Bl... (read more)
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WWII period, the hilt and scabbard inlaid with mother of pearl with eagle over “stars and Bars” (corner chipped) dove of peace, flowers, and crescents PHILIPPINES etc. The scabbard made in two pieces with edges, unusually, sealed with laminated strips. 19... (read more)
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Albanian, of characteristic form. See Held p.102. 14” .60 cal. barrel with chocolate brown patina on frosty surface. Finely detailed miquelet lock with fancy sculpted bridle to the pan and figured cock pivot. The stock entirely encased in engraved and... (read more)
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Late 19th century. Wedge shaped iron head engraved with a scene of Angkor Wat on one side and mythical being on the other. Well shaped hard wood haft or grip insert with white metal piques. The butt with hole for a wrist thong. Head crisp with smooth gray... (read more)
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Mid 19th century or just slightly later. Early period made for use. Embossed white metal grip and scabbard with deep relief foliage accented with copper details and hand chiseled details. Scabbard back with fancy belt hook 4 3/4" s.e. blade impressed with... (read more)
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Mid 19th century or slightly later. 5 1/4" heavy wedge section blade with maker's mark, shows gray patina with light oxidation speckles. White metal hilt and scabbard deeply embossed with rococo foliage, hand detailed. Completely finished both sides with... (read more)
$475.00
Probably 18th century. See Stone fig.199 #10. Iron head of broad moustache form, finely forged with banded circular eye surmounted by a stepped pyramid. Wood haft with iron terminals and band below the head securing an iron spine as defense against cuttin... (read more)
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