[One of] Two Fire-steels (lengths 5 and 3 1/8 ins)

[One of] Two Fire-steels (lengths 5 and 3 1/8 ins), both thin, light, and of long rectangular shape, with screwing-spike projecting from the top backwards and screw-driver at bottom; both have several large square and rectangular holes (apparently intended for use as nipple-screws) pierced through them along their median line; one is also pierced by smaller holes for ornament, has a cut edge, and is pierced longitudinally from the top to receive a fine pricker (lost) for pipe or gun-nipple. [NB: One of 14 examples (nos. 467 to 480) of varying shapes, all having on their back a thick blunt spike serving to screw a flint firmly in the hammer of a flint-lock gun, and all having also a screw-driver at the bottom. They are clearly intended to be carried on the person, either in the pocket or suspended from the belt, for use in the field. All are from the Near East - four from Turkey, three from Albania, one from Smyrna, and the others from adjacent countries.]

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Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/467
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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