Mahdist period, C.1880 to the Mahdist War of 1885. Finely forged iron head with triangular spear point over opposing chisel raised barb bolster and opened seam socket with securing pin. 31 7/8" overall on gnarled wood haft cut short. Well preserved. The head pretty much as made. The haft mottled and cut with a cipher, probably during its use. The shortening cut dating to its collection and allowed a British soldier to bring it back with his kit. Such bisections were common as the wood shaft was considered as nothing more than a stick and the goal was to bring the metal portion home, perhaps to a regimental museum, but a ending up on the wall in a pub is as likely.