Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Greenville, NC
The dead give away that the piece in question is later, or a reproduction, is the "sinew" used to attach the head. Based on the pics it is pretty clearly waxed fibers that are commonly used today in place of real animal sinew. The piece is really wrong from 'head to toe', but it is that factor alone that shines as evidence that it is a very recently made piece.
I am no expert on NA weapons, but you don't have to be to see the problems here.
I hate being the messenger of bad news, but there is no polite way around it here.