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Record number: WCP4196

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William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
Sent to:
Robert L. Hobson
24 July 1935

Sent by William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace, Doveshill Cottage, Ensbury Park, Bournemouth, Hampshire to Robert L. Hobson British Museum, London, W.C.1 on 24 July 1935.

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05 April 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4196.4218)

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British Museum
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Doveshill, Ensbury Park.


July 24th. 1935.

Robert L. Hobson. Esq. C.B., B.A.

Keeper of Ethnography,

British Museum.

Dear Sir,

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(?)

[[2]] 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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