Rare and Early Dagger / Short Sword of the Kota People, Gabon - 14334

This rare short sword of the Kota people from Gabon was collected in 1922 by Dr. Yves Bellocq A French scientist and traveler. Mid - late 19C. Leaf shaped blade with a step" central ridge and unusual steel bolster. Grip bound with steel strip and a cone shaped pommel. Blade 12 1/2 inches long 3 1/2 wide. Total length 18 inches. Very good condition Nice original patina on the blade. Part of the grip binding is missing. Rare early sword.