The Ngulu(1800s to early 1900s)A ceremonial sword used in the Congo region of central Africa. Made of engraved iron, wood, brass, copper and leather. European reports from Africa in the late 1800s included accounts of native savagery; the Ngulu was said to be an executioner?s sword. Such stories were exaggerated. In reality, the sword was a status symbol, carried as a man?s emblem of rank, a purpose confirmed by the ornate decoration of both the hilt and the blade.
Sudanese commanders mace, spherical head of polished brown alabaster with undulating bands of cream, held to the wooden haft by a crocodile’s forelimb terminating in five clawed extremities, and bound with a strip of crocodile hide. The grip covered in rare white crocodile hide. Second half of the 19th century.Overall length 50.8 cm.
See link for more description --- A Great sword in the medieval style, the blabe circa 1300-1400 and bearing a spurious cross of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. With shortened broad blade coming to a reshaped point, the edges almost parallel over their full length, both sides cut with a narrow fuller ... L. overall: 116.2 cm - L. blade: 87.3 cm - W.: 23.3 cm. The blade appears to correspond with Oakeshott's classification Type XIII.