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Check out the image below:

Supposedly: "this ‘axe’ was most probably hung with the blade end down and swung like a pendulum. Below would have been a captive awaiting this gruesome capital punishment of a slow death. The axe blade use to swing back and forward and being lowered slowly onto the person below. The axe would first skim the skin before slicing into it and slowly….but surely removing the lower body from the upper body."

Now, the idea of a pendulum torture devise sounds cool. However carefully looking at the socket leaves me to suspect with was built to be fitted to a shaft and is in fact simply a rather exciting looking broad axe.

What do people think?
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Looks much more like something to do with woodwork...........
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Out of respect to Cal's legal position i can't in good conscience commit my opinions on this matter to his public forum.

There is a very good yahoo group (Ancient Artifacts) that discuss this matter and maintain a list of suspect dealers.

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nathan wrote:Out of respect to Cal's legal position i can't in good conscience commit my opinions on this matter to his public forum.

There is a very good yahoo group (Ancient Artifacts) that discuss this matter and maintain a list of suspect dealers.

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I've edited it to sever any connection to anyone who might sue.

You know it might be fun to post random items and then create our own elaborate fake histories for them?
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Quite obviously,

it's a very early stilt-iceskate for Scandinavian tall tree berry pickers.




Sorry, that's the best I can cme up with!
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What's the story behind this then? ;)
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An early example of a curry comb for horse grooming :D :D
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Special tool for reducing hardtack bisuit into a moderately edible form?
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come on folks, put a bit of effort in! :)

"It's obviously a slow torture device as used in the 3rd century BC by the covert paramilitary wing of the Opus Dei. Used to gain quick results in their campaigns of terror among the heathen Gauls it was slowly inserted into various openings in the human body. The attached string was used to prevent it getting drawn too far in while the nails were there to prevent anyone from enjoying the experience. Discovered in situ in the grave of a Gaulish gentleman"

see this is a far more sensible answer 8)
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Its obviously a toy chicken leg so people could train to eat food. This is because chicken legs were extremely heavy and only the best trained people could eat a whole one without their arm giving out. Often, if a chicken leg was dropped on the floor, they had to leave it for the dogs to eat as no-one was strong enough to pick it back up. The iron nails represent crushed black pepper, suggesting this comes from a rich household.

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Is it what a Jacobite actually wears under his kilt?
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Mark P. wrote:Is it what a Jacobite actually wears under his kilt?
:lol:
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It is what a Jacobite uses to clean what is under his kilt

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Top pic is an axe, not a swing thing.
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Is this meant to be 18th century then? :shock:
As for cleaning under the kilt.......................................yes, so be afraid very afraid.

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Tod wrote:Is this meant to be 18th century then? :shock:
As for cleaning under the kilt.......................................yes, so be afraid very afraid.
The immediately above item is definitely from 18th century, can anyone guess what it really is for?
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Not a bad guess :)
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Mash/wort stirrer thing?

POrridge grinder??

De chaffer?
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ha ha, ok, I'll fess up. It's a tool used for evening out reeds in thatching or such like. It does look very similar to a spirtle though
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indeed it is a reed leggett...

different model than this one:

http://www.rhc.rdg.ac.uk/webview?WebVie ... aption.glu

the one you showed is for rounded corners.

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Corners (outside curves) or gullies (inside curves) - it'd work for gullies, a flat one should work for corners if applied carefully.
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I suspect the describer of the first artefact had been reading too much Poe
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