Pre-Contact Ceremonial Club
My great-grandfather came to Oregon in the early 1900s, and in 1920, he plowed this up on his farm. And it was given then to my great-aunt. It hung in her basement for many, many years. I remember many Thanksgivings down there, seeing it hanging from a nail on the post. And then when she died, it came to me.
This is a club, but it's not exactly a club that would be used for warfare. It would break, it would crack in half. So it's a ceremonial club. And presumably it's meant to show someone's warrior prowess, maybe a chief, or a warrior who's done something remarkable. And this becomes almost a badge of honor. He would've held it, presumably, like this. It's gigantic. It's really, it's... I measured it roughly. It's about 22 and a half inches. These occur from time to time. They're rare, but these do occur from time to time. But this is fully one-third longer than any one that I've ever seen, and it may be a couple of thousand years old.
This is long before non-native people ever hit this shore.
That's so cool.
On a retail basis, I think we are talking in the neighborhood of $7,500 to $8,500.
Oh, my goodness.
I shudder to think of it hanging on a nail in my aunt's basement. (laugh)
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