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trench club; knobkerry (1) - african hardwood - IWIZA - Zulu - South Africa

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trench club; knobkerry (1) - african hardwood - IWIZA - Zulu - South Africa

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2nd half 19th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Total nr of items: 1
Object: trench club; knobkerry
Indigenous object name: IWIZA
Ethnic group/ culture: Zulu
Region/ country: South Africa
Material: african hardwood
Period: 2nd half 19th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 54×2×54 cm
Weight: 262 g

Heavy knobkerry in a traditional shape (ball 168g out of 262g !!) used by Zulu and East african tribes
Late 19th or very early 20th Century. Certainly pre WW1
Many of these were also used by Commonwealth troops during WW1 especially trench raiders.
The British poet Siegfried Sassoon mentioned them in his memoires:

"Outside Africa, the British called their trench clubs Knobkieries during WW I,
The weapon was used in No Man's Land by the poet Siegfried Sassoon as relayed in the Sherston trilogy, his pseudonymous autobiography."
In very good condition and saw usage; definitely not a tourist souvenir. Beautiful dark brown patina
an excellent piece to add to your collection

Be gunto  

Catawiki member since December 3, 2014, received 16 reviews in total (5 in last 12 months)

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