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Old 8th July 2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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I obtained 2 identical spears, full brass, not sharpened...thus probably currency spears.
The left one is uncleaned. Length is about 156 cm.

Arrived in Belgium in the late 40ties/beginning 50ties.

Any ideas about their origin?
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Old 8th July 2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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Nice - presumably used as currency, only seen iron ones before. Anything in that currency book by Ortiz ?
Most likely from the Congo somewhere, particularly with the Belgian provenance...
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Old 8th July 2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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They are beauties. Lucky you.
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Old 8th July 2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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Thanks.
One identical has been sold last year on ebay.
I didn't find any in my books about Congolese weapons, I don't have the book by Ortiz?
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Old 8th July 2012, 03:13 PM   #5
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Mistake - the book I was thinking of was "An Ethnographic Study of Primitive Money" by Charles J Opitz, 2000



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Thanks.
One identical has been sold last year on ebay.
I didn't find any in my books about Congolese weapons, I don't have the book by Ortiz?
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Old 9th July 2012, 02:28 PM   #6
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"An Ethnographic Study of traditional Money"
Couldn't find the book at a reasonable price.
Would someone who has the book be so kind to check?
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Old 9th July 2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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This is one of my favourite currency items.
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Old 9th July 2012, 04:32 PM   #8
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Salaams all and note to Library; Please see http://www.hamillgallery.com/CURRENCY/Currency.html for a detailed African tools, weapons and ornament currency study.
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