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Marshall Islands Mother of Pearl Fish Hook from 1800’s.
CALLING ALL COLLECTORS!! Here’s a museum quality Oceanic Micronesian Marshall Islands Mother of Pearl fish hook from the 19th Century (1800s). Back then it was used as currency and for catching Bonito and other large fish like Tuna. Tuna and other large fish were trolled from outrigger sailing canoes with these hooks. It is hand carved from 2 pieces – one larger for the shank and the other smaller and sharper for the hook. They are tightly bound together using sennit cord. Finding these incredible hooks with the sennit still attached is very rare. This one has it!
Sennit is a type of cordage made from fibers of coconut husks and is very strong. Sennit is an important material in the cultures of Oceania, where it is used in traditional architecture, boat building, fishing and as an ornamentation.
These hooks are RARE and don’t come up for sale too often. This is the largest one we have seen to date. Some can be found on display at museums such as the British Museum, Yale Peabody Museum and also the Frisco Museum here in the US.
If you are trying to find a gift for someone who has everything and they love history, and/or fishing, this is the perfect item for them.
Sold As Is (in excellent condition). Sorry, all sales are final. Photos are part of the description so please ask any questions before purchasing. Thank you..