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Battle axe

Battle axe
Title
Battle axe
Date 
ca. 1902
Medium 
Steel, wood, wicker
Dimensions 
Overall: 20 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 1 in. ( 52.1 x 28.6 x 2.5 cm )
Description 
Axe with steel head and wooden handle; head with relatively straight upper and lower edges, angled cutting edge, and incurving back that narrows to a slender spike; cylindrical handle tapering slightly toward end; steel collar with narrow wicker band.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. James G. Harbord
Object Number 
1948.607
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this object was acquired by the donor's husband, Colonel James Guthrie Harbord (1866-1947), while serving as Assistant Chief of Philippines Constabulary, U. S. Army, from 1903 to 1914. This type of weapon was apparently used for decapitation, after which the head of the victim could be carried as a trophy on the spike projecting from the back of the blade.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group