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Identification of an Ebay offering
Sawubona


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Is this what I think it is? Check out this link and tell me what you think: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Wooden-Branch-Section-Wood-Skin-African-Zulu-Beads-on-Leather-Thong/350906989409?_trksid=p11010.m2360&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D215%26meid%3D2232562341707353649%
26pid%3D100080%26prg%3D1114%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D370920085592%26&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1120
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Keith Smith


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I rather think we are to assume it is an isiQu, a necklace awarded to men for bravery. This looks like a very poor quality specimen to me. Those genuine items I have seen are very beautifully made.

KIS
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peterw


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I also think they are bravery beads. I'm no expert but I somehow doubt it dates from the nineteenth century. The condition looks too good to me so I suspect it is a more modern item. But I could be wrong!

Peter
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peterw


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Only one bid. That suggests to me several possibilities:
Few people saw it;
Someone has bagged a bargain;
Someone has overpaid.

Like history, I'm sure the truth will emerge in the end!

Peter
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peterw


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As the secretary of my local Orders and Medals Research Society branch I arranged for Ian Knight to give a presentation to members. He was excellent - as usual - and brought along a number of interesting artefacts including a string of Zulu bravery beads. I contacted Ian to ask what he thought of the eBay offering after the auction had ended. He was obviously a better judge of these things than me as he bought it and it is the genuine article. The gloss which I found so unsettling was due to bright lighting/flash photography so while the camera may never lie it certainly can deceive.

So it looks like someone has bagged a bargain after all.

Peter
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