Wooden 'sword' club

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Blade shaped ceremonial war club or staff (believed Fijian). Casuarina equisitifolia. Sword-shaped blade (760mm long); carved handle (245mm long) round in cross section. No butt lug. Vestiges of twine wound around the butt end of the handle.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Maritime Archaeology
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Measurements
L.1010mm x W.95mm x Th.31mm
Media/Materials description
Wood
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Queensland Museum archaeological expeditions between 1983 and 1999 recovered many artefacts.
This Polynesian ceremonial club or staff was recovered from the HMS Pandora werck site. Sword-shaped blade (760mm long); carved handle (245mm long) round in cross section. No butt lug. Vestiges of twine wound around the butt end of the handle. Crew of the Pandora collected such cultural material during the voyage, to take back to England for further study or for personal collections.

HMS Pandora
Registration number
MA4821

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