Third quarter of the 19th century, Samoa or Tonga. 46” length, carved of a single piece of wood with steel blade and finished by scraping with the blade and sea shells. Tapered haft flaring to the thick paddle shaped head. Dating to the time of trade with European sailing ships which carried out copra and cocoa beans. That trade ultimately led to military conflict between the US, England and Germany in the last quarter of the century. Excellent condition with old museum acquisition number.