Original 19th Century Iron Central African War Axe circa 1850
Original Item: Only One Available. Central Africa was the last area to be "tamed and Colonized" by the European Powers. For years maps showed great areas of this continent as "UNKNOWN" and "UNEXPLORED." In Victorian times great quantities of Explorers ventured into this hinterland seeking fame and fortune in the "Dark Continent". Sometimes they came to sticky ends as the Natives were often restless and deadly.
This is a Central African War Axe, probably from the Belgian Congo. It has a very interesting design and could be applied in many horrible ways on any poor victim. These were also a favorite for the British Troops on Campaign to bring home to their families as souvenirs. This example measures 28" to tip to toe. It has a rudimentary wood handle bound in leather strapping and blade looks almost like a Question Mark. The almost 20" blade is covered in rust staining as found, and is decorated in primitive engravings, clearly native made.
A fascinating weapon perhaps approaching 150-170 years old, ready to display!
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