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GILBERT ISLAND SHARK TOOTH SWORD
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19TH CENTURY GILBERT ISLAND SHARK TOOTH SWORD #4449

A rare mid 19th century shark tooth sword from Oceania, Polynesia, these swords are from Kiribati previously named the Gilbert Islands the palm wood shaft with serrated Tiger sharks teeth secured by coconut twine and human hair, as is the cross piece which is detached. 55 inches long, the cross piece 11 inches  #4449m

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 Provenance: Count Werner D. Schack (1922-2004), whose family resided at the Schackenborg Castle in Southern Jutland from the mid 17th century until 1978. Count Werner D. Schack was very interested in primitive weapons from the South Seas, and the collection was built during the years following World War II until the mid sixties. He was monitoring the international markets closely, and the clubs were primarily acquired at British auctions, and from the antique dealer Frederick North, who ran a business in London specialising in ethnographic objects. Furthermore, the count was a regular customer at the now-defunct Etnografica, run by Mr. Laurits Sunde in the heart of Copenhagen, from where he enriched his collection. Count Werner D. Schacks collection of clubs is one of the most complete and interesting, privately owned, collections ever seen in Scandinavia. Up until now, the collection has been family-owned.

£1,500.00

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