The blade is marked L. The handle is a full tang and wrapped in rope. When it comes to meat cleavers this one is over the top. I have a quarter in the photo for size comparison. The ruler I have under it is 39 1/4 long instead of being a yard stick.
It has light surface rust in some areas. The rope on the handle needs to be tucked in and glued or just glued down next to the blade.
It is heavy and solid. It has been banged on a little near the hole in the blade, but that could be worked out with a stone easily. Thanks for looking and may God bless. The item "Antique Giant 40 Steel Meat Cleaver 1837 L. Y" is in sale since Wednesday, September 28, 2016.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery". The seller is "rowboat333" and is located in Oregonia, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.