Bronze Age. Inschoch Wood bronze anvil and its hammer. AMBOSS. Reproduction

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Seller: bronz4yew (1.032) 100%, Location: Fareham, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 223824346786 Found near Auldairn, Nairn, during the Second World War by a Canadian airman, together with a small side-loop spear head. Anvil is 80 mm x 80 mm. 350 g. Hammer is 75 mm long with a 25 mm dia. socket. 142 g.This beautiful and technical little anvil is one of the few British Bronze Age anvils and is one of only 37 known examples from the whole of Europe for the entire Bronze Age. Circa 1200 BC. It is a very anvil anvil, not the more often seen jewellers stakes (upper two in group photo, Ashmoleian Museum). It is an obvious precursor to the heavier ribbed-wedge anvil found by Gary Smith, near Poole Harbour (same functions plus a hardy hole for hole-punching.) (where are the punches?).The light weight and rectangular striking face of the hammer head would have made it suited to working cutting edges on spears, daggers, axes, razors, etc.As part of a recent commission from Newcastle University I made a haft for the hammer for just such a purpose, where experimental bronze daggers needed to be resharpened by annealing and re-working the cutting edge..The light, unobtrusive oak haft fits tightly through the shafthole of the antler forehaft. The heft is weight-down and thereby gives the hammer a light, easy, bouncing action, necessary for a regular rhythmn along a cutting edge.For the Anvil and the socket hammer head.Freepost UKOverseas by Globalshipping prog. Condition: cast bronze, Colour: Bronze, Provenance: Inverness Museum, silicone moulds,etc, Material: Bronze, Type: bronze hammer and its anvil

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