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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

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

Gilbert and Ellice Islands


RCIN 92178

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Hand weapons with shark tooth blades were once made in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati) in a range of sizes and forms. Tridents were carried by a warrior's supporters and the warrior himself bore a long shark tooth-tipped spear up to six metres in length. Since the early twentieth century, only daggers have been produced, being made in large numbers for the tourist market.