Sent by William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace, Doveshill Cottage, Ensbury Park, Bournemouth to Robert L. Hobson British Museum, London, WC1 on 24 July 1935.
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Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: July 3, 2013
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Doveshill, Ensbury Park.
July 24th. 1935.
Robert L. Hobson. Esq. C.B., B.A.
Keeper of Ethnography,
I have a few objects of native manufacture which my father, Alfred Russel Wallace, O.M & collected in the Malay Archipelago and on the Amazon which I should be pleased to present to the Museum if they are acceptable. They comprise--
A bird-shaped float used in turtle spearing by natives of BATANTA. Size 9½ X 10½ inches. (See Wallace’s "Malay Archipelago" 10th. Ed. P.376.
A carved wooden tool for beating clay from Dorey, New Guinea, 13" long. (See p.388 & illustration p.389.)
Two wooden charms from Dorey, 4¾" & 6" high. (See p.449)
Another small charm from Dorey in hard wood, 8" long.
A wooden spoon with carved handle with anthropomorphic terminal. 10¾" long.
A larger wooden figure 13" high similar to the charms but a portion of the ornament missing.
The waist-band of a Ceramese woman ornamented with plaited grass(?)
[] A native comb from the Amazon, (See illustration on P1.VI of Wallace’s "Travels on the Amazon" (P1. XIV in the Minerva Library Ed.) The small feathers are missing.
A polished stone axe from the Upper Amazon.
This axe is of a form which did not appear to be represented in the case of S. American objects when I last visited the Museum.
Yours faithfully | W. G. Wallace [signature]
[illustration of an axe appears below the signature]
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