Brass 1960s Rhodesia Tribal Headman’s Gorget
Rare Rhodesian Headman’s Gorget
Origin: Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Time Period: 1960s -1980
Provenance: Private Collection, South Africa
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Rare brass gorget from the 1960s – 1980 era issued to tribal headmen/headwomen by Rhodesian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Rarely seen on the open market as you can imagine only a select few occupied these positions.
Rhodesian chief’s insignia often comprised of a badge of office or a brass badge with a silver British or Rhodesian coat of arms in the middle. Unlike most Rhodesian gorgets, this one was made in Birmingham England, stamped Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe in July 1957, at Matopo, in the Matopos Hills. Here she was presented with an elaborate wrought-iron fireplace screen embellished with elephant tasks on both ends two Chief’s badges, and a Headman’s badge below.
Queen Elizabeth’s Gift from Rhodesian Chiefs, 1957
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