C.1850-80, a period of great trial and success for the kingdom, when slavery ruled the Congo and the Kuba, through isolation and military might, avoided predation. Classic form with the sophisticated details expected for a royal example. The 7 7/8" brass blade finely worked with strong tapered medial and six incised lines along the offset edge. Trilobate tip. The one-piece wood hilt of classic form with delicately executed detail and devoid of the pewter band inlay which became popular later. Fine patina with proper wear from handling. Brass was more valuable than gold and brass blades were strictly restricted to the royal family and their inner circle.