19th century. Personalized example as carried by the most successful slavers whose weapons were adorned and to some extent customized as tributes to their prowess, serving as well to intimidate and subdue his victims. 24 1/2" length. Originally mounted on a short haft and used like a sword in close quarters. Elongated leaf shaped point over oval swell and open seam conical socket. Medial for 2/3 its length, both sides, decorated with a line of conjoined crescent forms in engraved line work, flanked by punch borders. Lightly texture surface with light old preservative.