Boxer Rebellion. C.1900. 45 1/8" length with 22 1/2" clever shaped blade and Oval guard. Ring pommeled hilt covered in cord wrap five transverse band. The hilt red lacquered which signaled the arrival of the executioner who would round up the Christians and foreigners of a village and behead them for the public to see. Blade gray with scattered pitting. Hilt sound and complete with mottled toning from handling.