oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The story of the silver oar maces of the Vice-Admiralty Court of the Cape of Good Hope
Oar maces are a well-known symbol of Admiralty courts and their jurisdiction. The silver oar mace of the Vice-Admiralty Court of the Cape of Good Hope served as such a symbol during its existence from 1807-1891. This article investigates the significance of such oar maces and recounts the trials and tribulations of the Cape oar mace after the operations of the Cape Vice-Admiralty Court were terminated at the end of the nineteenth century.
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