Early contact period, mid-19th century showing a combination of traditional and “contact” techniques. 47 1/2” length of extremely dense heavy wood with thick diamond section leaf shaped striking head with pointed end which could deliver a rib cracking thrusting blow. “Bow tie” medial divider and long tapered shaft with flared butt. The divider was decorative but also served as a visual reference point if the hands were moved during battle, where any compromise of the strength of the blow could mean the difference between life and death. The butt showing axe stroke shaping (old, worn over) and the balance finished by scraping with shells as identifies pre-contact examples. Surface with substantial ancient encrustation over glossy patina.