John Moresby recounted his travels in 1909, and of the people from whom he acquired this beautiful club he noted: ‘They belonged to the Skittaget [sic] tribe, now recognised as the finest and most advanced in the arts of any on the north-west coast’ (Two Admirals, Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Fairfax Moresby (1786-1877), and His Son, John Moresby. A Record of Life and Service in the British Navy for a Hundred Years, John Moresby, Murray, London 1909, p. 125).
A closely related club is in the collection of the Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Harvard University, number 15-26-10/86110. It was collected in 1914 in Kitlakdamix Village by Lieutenant George Thornton Emmons. See Vaughn and Holm, Soft Gold, 1990, pg. 62, fig. 29.