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May 3, 2013 - Filed under: History of Antiques — Richard

An antique battle hammer has recently been put up for auction at a Fine Art and Antiques auction in Scunthorpe. Originally, the weapon was thought to be an old walking stick and had been stored in an attic for more than 25 years. When John Stanton was the victim of burglars, his father presented him with the unusual walking stick to defend his property. While watching an episode of the Antiques Roadshow, a similar stick was presented to the experts and was valued at thousands of pounds.

What John believed was a walking stick was actually a Totokia, a battle hammer from Fiji which has a point on the clubbed tip. The battle hammer was actually used as a deadly weapon by South Seas assassins. Experts in Scunthorpe confirmed that the object was a Totokia and after consideration, John decided to sell it at auction. According to auctioneer Paul Cooper, the weapon is particularly vicious, made from hardwood and carved into a globular shape which narrows into a beak. It is this point that would pierce the victim’s skull. Although dating the piece is difficult, it is believed that the Totokia dates back to the mid-19th Century. The estimated price for the piece is between £1,000 and £1,500, but as it was auctioned, it could realise any price.

Individuals who are searching for a particular piece, like antique desks in Preston , will find that an antiques dealer in Lancashire may be able to locate what they are looking for at a more reasonable price than an auction house.

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