Fire-steel (length 4 1/2 ins) in form of hammer an

Fire-steel (length 4 1/2 ins) in form of hammer and pick, combined with screw-driver and pipe-pricker; a rude, heavy, and curiously-decorated contrivance; striking-face formed by curved top of hammer and pick; screw-driver on bottom of handle; pricker hinged to side of handle, together with large suspension-ring; the whole decorated by deep roughly-cut lines, triangular pittings, etc.; sides of hammer-head and pick further decorated by studs of copper inserted; belongs in tinder-pouch noticed hereafter (see no. 949 [p.65 in Bryant and May catalogue]). Afghanistan. [NB: One of 19 examples (nos. 487-505) which are all believed to be Persian or Indo-Persian and some to be very old. They are all of peculiar, but elegant, shape. Several are decorated by excellent damascene-work in gold. Together they form a handsome and interesting series which is worthy of special notice.]

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Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/505
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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