The Sir Cecil Armitage Collection After an exemplary military career in Africa, Sir Cecil Armitage was made Governor of Gambia (1921-27). He was fascinated by the Arts of East Africa, particularly those cast in bronze and formed a collection, largely related to the gold weights and containers which served the slave trade at that time. The currency for the slave trade was gold dust transactions in which were made by weighing against the standard. A portion of his collection is in the British Museum, while the balance was sold in London in the 1980's. With a few exceptions, we acquired the collection and have dispersed it sparingly for four decades.Cast bronze from the same artisans as the gold weights. 1 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 1". The top decorated in alternate hatched and spiral motif panels. The spiral is rare for these where symmetry was the rule. Plain lower, Fine patina. The top to box fit excellent as necessary for preserving the contents which were the currency of the slave trade.

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