From the Baptist Missionary Society collection which circulated among churches in England until the 1930’s to educate parishioners about the horrors of Pagan life and raise money for the missions. Collected toward the end of the 19th century, these were generally regarded as the weapons of converts who had been shown the spiritual folly of their ways. This example of classic from and well preserved, 18 ¾” length with trade iron tape, brass wrap and tacks, which were payment in part for their human harvest. Short swords of this form were used in the krals and huts of pastoral peoples who would be over run, and the saleable, captured. The old, infirm or otherwise unmarketable we hacked to death on the spot.