Sharp Eyes Solve Historical Mystery in Leominster
LEOMINSTER -- The Leominster Historical Society can mark one of its mysteries as solved thanks to the help of two area residents.
After a story about some of the society’s unidentified artifacts, titled “Leominster Historical Society is home to mysterious treasures” ran in Sunday’s Sentinel & Enterprise, two readers contacted society Trustee Linda Pinder to confirm the identity of one of the featured items.
The readers said the item, a wooden dagger lined with shark teeth, was a weapon used by the natives of the Gilbert Islands, now a part of the Central Pacific country of Kiribati.
One of the readers also sent a National Geographic article about the weapons to Pinder, which included a photo of a dagger nearly identical to the one currently housed in the Leominster Historical Society.
The Leominster dagger had been part of a collection of items donated to the society by the former Leominster Museum, where many of the city’s affluent residents would display unique cultural items brought back from their international travels during the early 20th century.