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Azande sword
$445.00
19th century. Azande, whose name literally means owners of much land, entered the 19th century with a history of conquest and expansion. The descendants of great warriors faced economic and demographic changes which turned them to the industry which harve... (read more)
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Konda Slavers Sword
$615.00
Sometimes known as the club knife, specifically used for the capture of slaves for the human consumption (cannibalism) market. 15 5/8" total length. Iron blade of cleaver form, finely forge with medial ridge, bordered edges and stipple crescent decoration... (read more)
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AZANDE SLAVER'S SWORD
$385.00
19th century. Azande, whose name literally means owners of much land, entered the 19th century with a history of conquest and expansion. The descendants of great warriors faced economic and demographic changes which turned them to the industry which harve... (read more)
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Slavers Sword
$575.00
Relatively large proportions, 26 1/2" length end to end with sharply angled blade sharpened inside and the elongated triangular blade sharpened both edges. Plain wood hilt. The war sword used with the shield and functional on the slash with the capability... (read more)
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Luba Slavers
$1,175.00
The sophisticated art of the Luba stands alone among Congolese peoples. Endowed with natural resources, they cultivated the arts at levels above their neighbors. In the third quarter of the 19th century, the culture collapsed as a result of factional infi... (read more)
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US MILITIA NCO SWORD
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The body of naturel cane with soft wood top decorated with angled lines. Decoratively patterned woven split palm leaf coverings secured with split cane also attaching the carved wood belt hook. Six split cane darts with plant fiber tuft terminals. Surface... (read more)
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AFRICAN STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
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Group of three good old examples. A skeletal one piece example with old label HARP SOMALIA, plus two similar elongated mandolin types with wood bowl bodies and hide faces stretched with elaborate cane matrixes. One with the cane pulled away revealing skil... (read more)
KONDA  EXECUTIONER'S SWORD
$575.00
Variant form. See Fischer #328. 15 1/4" d.e. blade with flared tip and medial swell. Wood with tack decorated disk pommel, and trade tape wrapped grip. The flared base encased in sheet brass (dented) secured with tacks. Used in the flesh for human consump... (read more)
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FIJIAN WIFE  BEATING  CLUB BOWAI
$675.00
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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Sudanese Dagger
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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)
ZULU      ASSEGAI
$85.00
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 FLYWHISK
$395.00
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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ZULU  ASSEGAI
$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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NGALA EXECUTIONER'S  SWORD
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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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$440.00
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)
$85.00
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)
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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)
$1,350.00
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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$145.00
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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