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SYDNEY HOME YIELDS RARE CLUB


Peter Fish - Australian Financial Review - 1 June 2016

Aboriginal-art specialist D'lan Davidson, formerly with Mossgreen and Sotheby's Australia but now operating his own business specialising in tribal art sales, has turned up a rarity – a Sydney Aboriginal sword club which is said to date from early in the 18th century. Apparently the club has been in a Sydney private collection, unidentified, for some 30 years.

The leaf-shaped club, 88cm long, bears a distinctive zig-zag design. It has already attracted interest at around $30,000 and will go on display at an exhibition this month.

Davidson says the Sydney clubs were used as weapons in the early colonial days, but only a handful survived and were preserved. He says one is in the Australian Museum and another in the Charles Heape collection at the Manchester University Museum in England...

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