19th century. 23 3/8" length with forged iron blade of fine workmanship. Characteristic form and broad proportions. The figured back and medial of the blade decorated with chiseled line panels. Shaped wood hilt with burned decorative bands and radial lines to the pommel. The blade with rich old stable surface texture from use and arrested oxidation. Collected by Baptist Missionaries about 1890 and type specifically used for the execution and dismemberment of slaves for the human consumption (cannibal) trade. As documented by E. J. Glave in 1890. See the attached image in Glave’s hand. Exceptional size and fine character.