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axe-hammer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.96

  • Description

    Iron axe-hammer with a long iron shaft. The head has an expanded, slightly drooping blade at one end and a blunt, squared extension at the other. There is a 'collar'-like feature at the base of the head, but it is unclear whether this feature is an integral part or separate from the head. The shaft is of rectangular section below the head but changes shape along its length, becoming first a thinner rectangular section, then thicker and virtually square in section, and finally circular in section. The base of the shaft is rounded with a fitting comprising a large ring forged through a smaller one.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 75 centimetres
    • Length: 78 centimetres (incl ring fitting)
    • Length: 70 centimetres (handle)
    • Length: 20.5 centimetres (head)
    • Width: 5.3 centimetres (cutting edge)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 595, 597, 599 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G2/fc175

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    31 December 2003

    Treatment proposal

    Repair break in shaft. Re-attach broken fragments, fill and paint as necessary.

    Condition

    The object is in fair condition overall.

    The object is broken into two fragments along the line of a previous break. There is already a modern metal dowel in this area.

    Treatment details

    The dowel was re-inserted into the shaft and the two fragments re-adhered using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.96


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