Antique 19th Century Whaling Harpoon
Antique early 19th century whaling harpoon
No, this is no orc spear or some other movie prop but you might consider this an as cruel device.
This crude tool actually is a real whaling harpoon, used in the early 1800’s!
Although I hope we all agree that hunting these majestic creatures is a horrible occasion, the whaling industry has been very important to the European history and economy. Back then the oil that was obtained from whales was used to produce many everyday products such as lamp oil, candles, and soap and therefor was essential. Sadly overhunting the arctic seas for centuries has been devastating to the populations of many whale species. Because of its dark past, mixed vibes remain attached to this rare relic though I still consider it a true piece of history that comes with loads of adventurous tales!
It was hand-wrought and forged in iron with a cone to attach a wooden handle.
This relic would be an unique piece to add to your whaling collection or cabinet of curiosities!
After almost two centuries the harpoon remains in worn condition and shows an oxidised patina.
After sanding off the coarse rust the iron tool has been treated with antique wax to give the surface a protective layer and a subtle glossy finish.
Lenght: 29.5 cm
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