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Early 20th Century Hand Crafted Tribal Tourist Piece Zulu Warrior’s Ingubha (Cow Hide) Umbumbuluzo Small War Shield With Removable Staff, Assegai Stabbing Spear & Knobkerry War Club Also Additional Assegai & Knobkerrie With Decorative Bead Work - 17840:1
A cow-hide shield is known as ingubha in Zulu. Large (ihubelo) War shields measured between 5 and 6 Feet & were made of raw cattle hide. The umbumbuluzo was a smaller war shield up to 3½ feet in length. War shields, which were more than mere commodities for physical protection also acted as status symbols or Coat of Arms for a family or tribe. This is an early 20th century Zulu umbumbuluzo Ingubha small war shield, hand made in Africa by tribal blacksmiths for the European tourist trade who were then still fascinated by the Zulu wars of the 1870’s. The typical form Cow Hide shield measures 35” length x 18” width. The centre length of the shield has inserted sections of hide to create strength and originally to identify a family or tribe. The rear has leather cord which holds its turned wood staff / shaft which originally acted both as a staff for foraging and fighting and when inserted, as a handle for the shield. The staff measures 4 Feet 7 Inches length. The top of the staff has a cow hide with fur totem. The knobkerrie attached to the shield by leather ties is 36” length with typical bulbous head. The Assegai attached to the shield by leather ties measures 37” length. It has a section of stitched cow hide with fur beneath the 6 ½” typical form leaf shaped iron blade. The blade has staining and light areas of surface rust to be expected. The assegai shaft and staff have cut sections in their centres to allow them to fit neatly together for display. The separate Assegai measures 39” overall length. The stained wood shaft has a section of colourful Native handcrafted beadwork and a section of stitched cow hide with fur beneath its 8” crudely hand forged blackened iron leaf shaped blade which is sharp. The separate knobkerrie measures 32” overall length with typical bulbous head. The stained wood shaft has a section of colourful Native handcrafted beadwork and 2 sections of stitched cow hide. Included is a small 3” bracket for wall hanging which came with display and 2 small screws which fit 2 pre-drilled holes in the top section of the shield’s staff. The price for this piece which would make a great addition to any ethnic or Zulu war collection includes UK delivery. Sn 17840:1
£475.00

Early 1900's African Masai Warrior's Lion Hunting Spear. W 671 - W 671
This is an original, early 1900's African Masai Warrior's Lion spear. These spears were used by Masai Warrior's in their rites of passage for hunting Lion's and protection of their Cattle. The spear measures 1.87 Metres overall. The Spear's elegant iron leaf shaped blade has a full length medial ridge and is undamaged with even patina throughout. It is securely attached to its hand crafted wood shaft by its integral long ferrule. The lower portion of the tapered shaft is fitted with a wedged shaped iron foot with integral ferrule. The metal has even patina throughout. The price for this original Masai Lion Spear which would make an excellent addition to any Ethnic collection or display includes UK delivery. W 671
£195.00

19th Century Native Indian Fighting Spear With Iron Weighted Ball Armour Piercing Pyramid Spike Tip & Bamboo Shaft. Sn 15399 - 15399
This is a very good Indian Fighting spear made some time in the 19th century. It measures 48 ½” overall length. It has a Bamboo shaft with spiked spear head which has an armour piercing pyramid shaped tip. The cast spear head consists of an 8 ½” length spike on top of a heavy 2” diameter fluted ball to add weight to the spear thrust during combat and multi facet hollow shaft which is wire and leather bound to the bamboo haft. The spear head measures 19 ¼” overall to the bottom of the binding. The metal has even patina. The base of the Bamboo haft is bound with cord. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15399
£195.00

Victorian Hand Crafted African Zulu Warrior’s Large Tropical Hard Wood Knobkerrie / War Club Formed From The Heart Wood (Strongest Part) Of The Tree With Iron Wire Binding. Sn 15012 - 15012
A Circa 19th Century Zulu Warrior’s large knobkerrie. Knobkerrie, also spelled knopkierie or knobkerry, are clubs used mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa. Typically they have a large knob at one end and can be used for throwing at animals in hunting or for clubbing an enemy's head. This knobkierie is hand crafted from the ‘heart wood’ (strongest part of the tree) of a tropical hard wood tree to form the knob and crafted to create the shaft. The club measures 29” in length. The bulbous ‘hammer’ head is 3” diameter & would create devastating injuries if used as a weapon. The well defined heart wood can clearly be seen in image 2. The hammer head and shaft have stable surface cracks, knocks and bumps to be expected with age. The shaft has a 2 ½” section of original iron wire binding at the top end where it meets the hammer head. The price for this knobkerrie includes delivery. Sn 15012
£295.00

Victorian Era Zulu Warrior’s Cured Leather Bound Assegai Short Stabbing Spear . Sn 14664 - 14664
The Assegai is a short handled stabbing spear invented by the legendary Zulu king Shaka in the early 1800s. The weapon revolutionized tribal warfare in Southern Africa. This Assegai measures 50 ¼” overall length. It’s iron 3” long leaf shaped blade has a visible 3 ½” tang securely attached to its hand crafted wood shaft by intricate cured leather cord binding. The wood has stable secure surface cracks consistent with age. The shaft is plain with no decoration. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14664
£245.00

19th Century Authentic Large Fighting Knife / Axe of the Mangbetu Tribe of Central Africa with Ivory Grip. Sn 14318 - 14318
A 19th Century authentic original fighting knife / axe of the Mangbetu people residing in Central Africa. The Mangbetu stood out to European explorers because of their elongated heads. Traditionally, babies' heads were wrapped tightly with cloth in order to give them this distinctive appearance. The practice, called Lipombo, began dying out in the 1950s with the arrival of more Europeans and westernisation. The Mangbetu are known for their highly developed art and music. One instrument associated with and named after them is the Mangbetu harp or guitar. Many recent studies feature the Mangbetu as a historically cannibalistic people. According to Mangbetu men interviewed in the documentary Spirits of Defiance: The Mangbetu People of Zaire it appears that many Mangbetu currently believe their ancestors to have practiced cannibalism. The knife was originally used as a weapon of war and also as an agricultural implement, but later on developed into a luxury item and a symbol of status and authority. This one is a 19th century one with a large sickle shaped blade. It measures 10 1/2" (point to point diagonally) and 15 1/4" overall from top to bottom. It is very nicely forged. The original blackening of the steel with the polished edges is maintained. There are three holes in the blade. It has a one piece ivory grip with very good yellowish age patina. The grip is secure. Sn 14318
£475.00

Early 1900's African Masai Lion Spear With Long 54cm Leaf Shaped Blade With Raised Medial Ridge , Short Central Haft And Spike Butt. Sn 13653 - 13653
Early 1900's African Masai Lion stabbing spear with 54cm long steel leaf shaped blade (73" overall length) weighing 1.9 kg. A spear is a pole weapon used for stabbing with iron or fire-hardened tip. The use of various types of the spear was widespread all over Africa and it was the most common weapon used before the introduction of firearms. The Zulu and other Nguni tribes of South Africa were renowned for their use of the spear. The spear was not only the most commonest weapon in Africa but was also used as a form of currency, tribes smelting iron spear heads traded the spear heads to their less skilful neighbours. This weapon has a 54 mm (21 1/4") long blade with a medial ridge along it's length, it is 33" including the socket for the haft. It has a short central 6" visible haft and a further iron 33" stabbing pike butt. The iron blade and spike are 'forced fit' onto the haft. The haft is plain hard wood and has been hand worked with a linear pattern. This is a very nice example. (See 'A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armour in all Countries and in All Times' book by George Cameron Stone, Pages 572-573). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13653
£275.00

Early 1900's African Masai Lion Spear With Long 78mm Blade With Raised Medial Ridge , Short Central Haft And Spike Butt. Sn 13652 - 13652
Early 1900's African Masai Lion stabbing spear with 78mm long steel blade (74" overall length) weighing 1.7 kg. A spear is a pole weapon used for stabbing with iron or fire-hardened tip. The use of various types of the spear was widespread all over Africa and it was the most common weapon used before the introduction of firearms. The Zulu and other Nguni tribes of South Africa were renowned for their use of the spear. The spear was not only the most commonest weapon in Africa but was also used as a form of currency, tribes smelting iron spear heads traded the spear heads to their less skilful neighbours. This weapon has a 78 cm (30 3/4") long blade with a medial ridge along it's length, it is 37" including the socket for the haft. It has a short central 7" visible haft and a further iron 30" stabbing pike butt. The iron blade and spike are 'forced fit' onto the haft. The haft is plain hard wood. This is a very nice example. (See 'A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armour in all Countries and in All Times' book by George Cameron Stone, Pages 572-573). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13652
£275.00

A Congo Ikula Tribal Fighting Knife With Leaf Shaped Blade & Handle decorated With Small Pieces Of Inset White Metal . Sn 12502 - 12502
An original Congo Ikula fighting knife. The knife has a 9 ¼” leaf-shaped blade with broad medial ridge and inside with tramline decoration. It has the correct characteristic carved wooden hilt inset with small pieces of white metal in a geometric design and swollen disc pommel. The knife measures 13 ½” overall length. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12502
£275.00

A Congo Ikula Tribal Fighting Knife With Leaf Shaped Blade & Handle decorated With Small Pieces Of Inset White Metal . Sn 12501 - 12501
An original Congo Ikula fighting knife. The knife has a 9 ¼” leaf-shaped blade with broad medial ridge and inside with tramline decoration. It has the correct characteristic carved wooden hilt inset with small pieces of white metal in a geometric design and swollen disc pommel. The knife measures 13 ½” overall length. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12501
£275.00
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