Made specifically for the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. 13 7/8" iron head on cylindrical bolster. The leaf shaped point with typical cusped transition. Fine woven wire socket and wood haft broken short to fit into a trooper's pack. In tribal battle, the assegai was used as a cut and thrust weapon, effective on a near naked adversary. This example is made with a head designed to thrust through the thick red coat of an English soldier, and forgoing the cutting function which was rendered useless by the heavy English uniform.