This Item was Sold on 8 January
2012 for $64
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This item is a large Gray Kangaroo skin or pelt. It was legally obtained in Australia in the 1960s or 1970s by Sir Lorin Hawes who lived in Queensland. Lorin made magnificent boomerangs for sale to retailers of Australian products. Lorin Hawes used to sell his boomerangs with a small square of kangaroo pelt so that the owner could polish the surface of the boomerang and keep the waxy surface smooth. Lorin Hawes stopped including a piece of kangaroo pelt with his boomerangs in the mid 1970s. He sold several of the pelts to me in the early 1980s. I used the pelts to display boomerangs and Aboriginal artifacts when I travelled, but these pelts have been sitting in a box for almost 2 decades. Therefore, I have decided to sell these so that someone else can appreciate them. This pelt is beautiful and very soft. It feels similar to rabbit fur, but this pelt is much larger. The leather is very soft and pliable. There is no smell and the pelt is without discoloration. There are a couple of small holes in the pelt that are visible from the side with fur.