# 14774

OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

[NEW GUINEA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

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Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. December 1905. No. 33. Octavo, original printed wrappers (detached and chipped), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 37 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs illustrating all items.

Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 10 artefacts from British New Guinea, mainly from the Papuan Gulf and the Trobriands, 2 from German New Guinea (one of them a superb Ramu River amulet), and 25 pieces of European weaponry.

William Ockelford Oldman was a British collector and dealer of ethnographic art and European arms and armour. His business W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London was mostly active between the late 1890s and 1913. A large number of artefacts sold by Oldman now reside in some of the world’s most important ethnographic collections, and his illustrated sales catalogues, issued between 1901 and 1913, remain significant works of reference. Oldman’s private collection of Oceanic artefacts was sold to the New Zealand Government in 1948 and is now administered by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.