Original Zulu War Hardwood Knobkierie with Named Officer Engraved Silver Plaque - Dated 1879
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. The Zulu War of 1879 was an eye opener for the British Army. A British regiment at Isandlwana destroyed by African natives with clubs and spears against Martini Rifles just could not happen, and yet, it did.
The result was a massive reaction and a mighty army dropped on Zululand bringing the Zulus to their knees months later. Every Officer worth his salt wanted in on this, the thirst for revenge and the prospect of glory was too great a temptation.
Here is a high quality hardwood Zulu Knob Kerrie mounted on the shaft is a silver plaque engraved:
Cap' P. Barrow
NNC = NATAL NATIVE CAVALRY a force led by British Officers.
During the 1950s and 1960s England was awash with Knob Kerries many adorned, as this one is, that had been brought back by both officers and other ranks as evidence that they had taken part in the great Zulu crusade. Today they are rarely encountered.
This example appears to have been shortened to 24" overall length and has the classic 3" round head.
A Knobkierie, also spelled knobkerrie, knopkierie or knobkerry, is a form of club used mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa. Typically they have a large knob at one end and can be used for throwing at animals in hunting or for clubbing an enemy's head. The knobkierie is carved from a branch thick enough for the knob, with the rest being whittled down to create the shaft.
The name derives from the Afrikaans word knop, meaning knot or ball and the Nama (one of the Khoekhoe languages) word kierie, meaning cane or walking stick. The name has been extended to similar weapons used by the natives of Australia, the Pacific islands and other places.
Knobkieries were an indispensable weapon of war, particularly among southern Nguni tribes such as the Zulu (as the iwisa) and the Xhosa. Knobkieries was occasionally used during World War I.
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