Unique for X shaped ebony hilt. 8 1/4" medially ridged J form hammer finished blade made to hook and tear on the up stroke and slash on the back stroke, thus maximizing damage based on the arc of the human arm swing. Finely tooled leather scabbard with reptile skin throat wrap. The scabbard seam partially cut as the leather has shrunk with age. Dating to the Mahdist War of 1885 and excellent for its age. The Hadendoa, known to British soldiers as "Fuzzy Wuzzies", were fierce warriors, singularly successful against the British. Exceptional preservation.