Philippine Ifugao Early Large Headhunting Axe
This old Ifugao Head Axe is from Northern Luzon. The large head measures 11 1/8" from the rear of the blade to the top front tip. The rear spike thickens a bit toward the rear before tapering toward a pointThe thickness of the blade just above the ferrule is just over 1/4" . The blade is still fairly sharp on this heavy old piece. The ferrule is 4 3/4" tall and narrows toward it's center. The wooden handle is broken and only partial with plenty of patination.
This axe was purchased several years ago in Southern California as part of a small group of pieces that were collected during the Spanish American War period including swords, a shield, and a bolo. There is an old circular paper tag that says 25 on one side of it secured by a string cord.