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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world


Club (mere pounamu) first half nineteenth century

RCIN 62810

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Weapons from Oceania excited considerable interest among collectors in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The fashion for these pieces – and their availability – owed much to Captain Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific (1768–1780). One famous display was Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick’s ‘South Sea Room’ at Goodrich Court. This club is made from nephrite stone with an unusual yellow-brown hue.