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Old 6th July 2012, 12:46 AM   #4
VANDOO
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NUMBER ONE IS FAIRLY RECENT BUT DUE TO THE VARNISH COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM 1 YEAR OR LESS TO 1960'S AS NO PATINA CAN DEVELOP. I SUSPECT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS OR SO. I KNOW NOTHING OF SCANDINAVIAN CLUBS SO HAVE NO CLUE IF IT IS PURELY FANTASY OR BASED ON SOMETHING IN USE IN THE PAST. I WILL GOOGLE AROUND A BIT TO SEE WHAT I CAN FIND.

NUMBER TWO HAS A PATINA AND BREAKAGE TO SOME OF THE TEETH SO HAS SOME AGE BUT DOSEN'T LOOK LIKE NATIVE WORK AS IT APPEARS A LATHE WAS USED FOR INITIAL SHAPEING WITH CARVING AND TEETH ADDED.

NUMBER 3 DOES HAVE THE HOLE AND MAY WELL HAVE HAD A BLADE MOUNTED IN IT. BUT THE CARVING DOES NOT LOOK LIKE ANY AFRICAN CARVING I HAVE SEEN. IT LOOKS LIKE GOOD QUALITY OCEANIC AND HAS A PATINA OVER THE CARVEING SO IF IT IS A REWORKED AFRICAN AX IT TRAVELED A LONG WAY TO GET THAT CARVING ON IT A LONG WHILE BACK.

NUMBER FOUR HAS SOME FEATURES THAT SEEM AUSTRALIAN THE WOOD AND THE CARVING ON THE GRIP. BUT THE FORM LOOKS MORE LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE ISLANDS AROUND THE SOLOMONS. THE WOOD IS ONE OF THOSE KINDS THAT DOSEN'T SEEM TO TAKE ON A PATINA BUT HAS NO NEW SMELL BUT AS IT DOSEN'T SHOW WEAR OR STAINS FROM DIRTY HANDS, IT WAS EITHER BOUGHT NEW A WHILE BACK OR RECENTY MADE?.

THIS IS AN INTERESTING CLUB MIX FROM NEW TO PERHAPS OLD ALL WITH UNUSUAL FEATURES THAT BRING UP MORE QUESTIONS THAN THEY ANSWER.
THE POSSIBILITY OF NATIVE INFLUENCE AND NON NATIVE WORKMANSHIP SUCH AS TRADERS, WHALERS OR BEACHCOMBERS COMES TO MIND FOR NUMBER 2 AND 3??. I HAD NOT THOUGHT OF THE AFRICAN AX BUT THAT IS WHY POSTING SUCH ITEMS IS FUN AS OTHERS CAN THINK OF THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED. DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY PUZZELERS SUCH AS THESE TO ADD.
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