New Guinea Hand Axe, WWII souvenier
Black glossy stone with sand fill. 15cm and heavy.
My Uncle Don served with distinction in the USMC in the South Pacific theater during WWII. Somewhere during his service, he acquired this hand-axe in Papua New Guinea, tossed it into his duffle bag and managed to bring it home. As seen in the photo, he must have not thought too much about it as he slapped a piece of duct-tape on one side and wrote the attribution. He later gave it as a gift to my mother, knowing her proclivity for all things old.
FYI - The duct-tape has been removed. TG for Goof-off.
From the Vada Sandes Collection.