A very rare Antique African Somalian Billao dagger. This sword originates from Somalia and was used mainly by the coastal people of Somalia. It has a long non-symmetrical leaf shape blade and the handle is made of sections of dark horn separated by a single section of a light colored metal – looks to be some kind of lead. The pommel is of a typical triangular, pronged shape and made from metal. Condition of the short sword dagger is very good for its age with a nice age patina to the blade. Have another couple of these for sale in both long and short sword form – please take a look at my other listings. Blade length is 15.5 inches (24 inches overall). This is a very distinctive short sword and dagger style and they are only found in this particular part of West Africa.
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