- Museum number
Shredder or chopper, formed out of a flat piece of yew wood, roughly butterfly- shaped with two wings, expanded at either end; the handle, with hole for the fingers and inset area for the palm, and raised edge at the top, is decorated with knife work. The chopper, for preparing bark for textiles and other purposes, is much used, well patinated, with substantial cracks in both wings and in the handle. The chopping edge was probably sharpened before collection.
- Production date
Height: 9.50 centimetres
Length: 58 centimetres
Depth: 1.75 centimetres (at handle)
- Curator's comments
- Attached is a Kew label: 'BARK-CHOPPER made of the wood of the "California Yew", 'Taxus brevifolia Nutt.' by the natives of Fort Rupert, Vancouver Island. 35.1900. Dr C F Newcombe.' This is part of a small collection that in 1975 was found in a box marked Kew. Materials began to be transferred from Kew in the 1860s, with the friendship between A W Franks and Joseph Hooker. This item, and Q1981 Am 1919, and 1920, came in (according to the 1981 Q label) from Kew on 24/4/1958 (cf. 1958 Am2 collection). Newcombe was the curator of the then Provincial Museum, in Victoria, BC, and his collection records for Kew, C H Read, and other Museums are in the Provincial Archives, Victoria. (Additional description etc by J.C.King, 13/10/1995).
- Not on display
- Fair: except for substantial cracks, and faults to cutting edge.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 35.100 (Kew number)