The P. Lamaison van Heenvliet Collection of Arms & Armour

The P. Lamaison van Heenvliet Collection of Arms & Armour

A fascinating Private Collection of Militaria and Ethnographica from around the world is to be sold at Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn on 29th September 2017. The collection was formed by the late De Weledg. Heer P. Lamaison Van Heenvliet (1857-1941), a civil servant, financial expert and avid collector from Rotterdam.

De Weledg. Heer P. Lamaison Van Heenvliet (1857-1941)
Collection in situ

Lamaison was very charismatic, and was well connected amongst Dutch society. Amongst his circle of friends were diplomats, colonialists and merchants, whom helped him build his extensive collection by sending him exotic items from their travels around the world. With spears, clubs, shields, guns and knives from far flung corners of the globe, the collection is an extraordinary record of not only tribal and military artefacts, but of one man’s dedication to his interests.

Highlights of Lamaison’s extensive collection include two rare items from Japan, which are expected to attract bidders from around the world. The first is a Japanese 18th century Edo Period suit of armour from the Tokugawa clan, a powerful Japanese family and the last to rule Japan as Shoguns or military rulers in the 18th century (estimate: £4,000-6,000 plus buyer’s premium). The second is a Japanese 17th century Edo Period black lacquer shield, painted with a coat of arms and monogram (estimate: £2,500-3,500 plus buyer’s premium).

Artefacts from far-flung corners of the world such as Borneo, Java and the Solomon Islands have a rather grisly history: just such an example is a 19th Century Azande Slaver’s Shield from the Congo (estimate: £300-400 plus buyer’s premium). Slaving was a priority for the Azande in the 19th century and they would capture slaves in raids and tribal wars.

Also included in the sale are a collection of 19th century Fijian Gatawaka clubs; in Fiji the war club is the preferred weapon. In order to attain “Koroi” (killer status), a warrior would stab a prisoner with a spear before killing them with a blow to the head with a club. The Fijians regarded the head as the most sacred part of the body and the number of kills made with a club was shown by either the number of slashes or small holes in the shaft or by sticking a tooth from each victim into the club’s head.

A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale will be available on our website, leading up to the sale, alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.

The P. Lamaison van Heenvliet Collection of Arms & Armour