Second half of the 19th century. Large example with 30 7/8" blade of complex form, unilaterally overlooked by researchers. The forte with its characteristic crescent projection, changes direction for two stages in the first 4 1/2" then continues with a uniform curve to below the complex back crested point. While the function is yet to be fully understood, it is clearly not a misguided interpretation of European curved sabers as has been suggested. This example is finely forged with decorative elements to the base and point. Wood hilt (crack) with spirally reeded flared pommel (chipped) with iron ring for a wrist thong. Grip partially wrapped in copper tape. The primary function of tribal war in the 19th century was the capture of victims for the slave trade.