barkcloth beater (beater)

Francis Godolphin Bond (1765-1839)


Museum register states “Cloth beater. Presented by Captain Bond, RN.”

Originally acquired through a taio relationship by 1st Lieutenant Francis Godolphin Bond on the HMS Providence in 1792. Bond donated this item to the Devon and Exeter Institution in 1815, of which he was a proprietor. The Devon & Exeter Institution presented this item to the Albert Memorial Museum in January 1872.

Karen Jacobs, 2015:
Bark cloth beater, I’e kuku. Wood. Presented to the Devon & Exeter Institution. Fine example of an early 19th century wooden barkcloth beater with crosshatched lines (typical for Hawaiian beaters). A wooden beater used in barkcloth making to mesh the fibres and create an even cloth.

This object is not on display.

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