Pair of Indian Clubs
Late 19th- Early 20th Century.
H: 48 x W x 10 D 10 cm approximately
H:19 x D 14 inches approximately
Measurement correspond to the largest part of the clubs
They weigh 1.117 lbs each. They each have a 4 inscribed into the top although weigh approximately 2 Ib, most of are much lighter.
Indian Clubs are a piece of exercise equipment the equivalent to the modern day kettle bell.
Popular in the late 19th - early 20th century, Indian clubs were swung in choreographed patterns as part of an exercise regime to develop physical fitness.
Exceptionally popular during the health craze of the Victorian Era used by military cadets and well-heeled ladies alike, and even appeared as a gymnastic event in the 1904 and 1932 Olympics. Gymnasiums were built just to cater to club exercise groups. The popularity of the Indian Club waned in the 1920's and 1930's as organized sports became more popular. Regimented exercise routines, like those requiring Indian clubs, were relegated to professional athletes and the military, who had access to more effective and modern strength training equipment.
Although strength training is a healthy and worthy endeavour our appreciation of The Indian Club rests in the art of these pins. We love many aspects of these Victorian Indian Clubs—the beautiful wood that was used to create these pins is just one of them.
We enjoy the rich patina that has been created from the lifting, dropping, swinging and tossing that these clubs have endured. One can imagine the resonating echoes of the multitudes of hands which have held them—for over a century.
The simplicity of this sculptured form—the graceful lines growing into the bulbous lower portion, the hand painted black painted bands and the seemingly whimsical top button,—captivate our attention.
The artistic display is a tribute to history and also an additional healthy aspect to strength training! Acknowledging again that in any great design piece form always follows function.
Unusual decorative objects you just have to own.
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£195.00 for the pair.