Rare Mak Axe weapon from South East Asia

A nice and rare example of a 'Mak' weapon used in South East Asia including Thailand and neighbouring countries. This interesting form of weapon seems to be a cross between an axe and a polearm, and was probably used from horseback. The blade is formed of good steel immensely thickened and robust at the base and back edge, from which protrude small chiselled steel elaborate protrusions. The blade to the inner concave edge is immensely sharp, the tip slanted. The collar to the wooden shaft is banded with brass and suassa mounts, and a small brass cap is fitted to the very end of the shaft. 19th century. southern asia