19th century. 52” total length, made for close quarters within the kral and hut. Traditional form with heavy wood haft encased in alternate segments of hide and maroon leather with raised rings and intricate basket weave bands as found on Ashanti sword scabbards. Forged iron head of characteristic form with glossy brown patina and iron base cone. Sound, tight and excellent with remnants of the hair to the hide and normal wear from use. Rare as the Ashanti we largely slaver traders and less involved in slave capture.