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Chetnik Skull in Hand Artefact

Article about: Hello All, here is a new item to my foreign volunteers section of my collection. It is made from Mahogany and has a nice aged patina. Being told it came from some Chetnik unit of whatever er

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    Hello All,
    here is a new item to my foreign volunteers section of my collection.
    It is made from a hard wood of some type, perhaps Mahogany and has a nice aged patina.
    Being told it came from some Chetnik unit of whatever era because of the nature of these things it will never be able to be proved but is in my opinion a nice curio to add to my collection.

    It is carved with the Chetnik slogan "For king and fatherland freedom or death" (I think)

    Any opinions or comments welcomed.


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    All the best
    Doug

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    Whatever it is, it's interesting and well carved!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Thanks William
    I do like it. It is unusual whatever the real provenance is it has the feel of old rubbed wood

    All the best
    Doug

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    It seems to have some age to it , mean looking item .
    Cheers Chris

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    Scary item from a very, very dark period!!

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    Reminds me of the top of a walking stick.
    Interesting piece.
    Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.

    "Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"

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    Thank you all for your comments.
    It is a little too large to go on a walking stick.
    The seller thought it came off the top of a flagpole.
    The skull measures 5 1/2 inches (14cm) long and the wooden spike is 3 inches long.

    All the best
    Doug

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    Hi Doug , THis has real age to it and is well carved , i hope we can unearth more about its origins !
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Hello Al,
    thanks for your comments.
    It is an aged piece and I have been scouring the web and multiple forums to try and spot anything similar.
    Unfortunately I have drawn a blank so far.
    Photographic evidence is very scant, the war in Yugoslavia seems to have been conducted behind closed doors.
    Lots of stuff with Tito's fighters and the Utasha/Croat forces but very little about the Chetniks.

    The original owner had taken the piece to a local Serbian museum but they couldn't throw any light on to it except they thought it was to do with the German occupation!

    I'll keep looking but I hoped one or some of the members might have known something

    All the best
    Doug

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