Original Anglo-Zulu War Hardwood Knobkierie Iwasa - Named and Dated 1879
Original Item: This an incredible part of history. This most interesting original Zulu Knobkierie (also spelled knobkerrie, knopkierie or knobkerry) Iwasa made with an offset head and integral shaft with overall length of 23". Clearly of the period of the Anglo Zulu Wars of 1879-1880 and brought back as a souvenir of that campaign. The shaft bears a bone plaque 2 x.75 which is engraved:
RD stands for Battle of Rorke's Drift. Lieutenant Weallans was not among the small garrison under the command of Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers and Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, in a battle immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day, 23 January. The book Red Soldier: Letters from the Zulu War, 1879 by Frank Emery published in 1977. This book follows the entire Zulu War through various letters sent home from officers AND soldiers. Included in those letters are some that Lt. William Weallans sent to Uppingham School. One of his letters refers to the Massacre at Isandhlwana and another one refers to Rorke's Drift. Lt Weallans clearly states that he was not present at the massacre because he was on a scouting mission; he and his cohorts returned afterwards and had to bury their dead comrades and then defend the "involuntary garrison" at Rorke's Drift.
A very nice relatively small Knob Kerrie of unusual form that came to us from an English house sale in the past year.
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