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Iron awl. It has a turned wooded handle, its lower part bound by a copper alloy collar, in which is set a thin, tapering iron blade. The wood has been identified as box wood.
Length: 141 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Manning 1985
The wood of the handle has been identified at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as Box (Buxus sp.).
This is an example of a Type 4b awl with an unusually elaborate handle. Similar awls with simpler handles come from Feldberg (Saalburg Jahrbuch 7 (1930), 88, Taf. XXVII, 7), and, in an example made from a nail with a handle formed of leather discs, from London (Wheeler 1946, 76, pl. XXXII, 9).
Bibliography: Smith 1854, 79, no. 358.
- On display (G49/dc16)
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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