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

Description
trench club; knobkerry (1) - african hardwood - IWIZA - Zulu - South Africa
2nd half 19th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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

Lot details
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
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