Iron

  • Caltrop

    Caltrop, iron, England, (5858-JR) No matter how a caltrop is thrown, it always lands with a spike in the air. In Europe, caltrops were used to […]

    • Date

       December 15, 2014

    • Client

       Bly Straube, Senior Archaeological Curator, 2014

    • Task

       Study Collection

    • Category

       Arms & Armor, Iron

  • Felling Axe

    Axes and hatchets for felling timber and working it into useful pieces of wood were indispensable to the first colonists. The felling axe, which has a […]

  • Buckler Boss

    Buckler Boss, iron, 16th century, England or Wales (907-JR) A buckler is a small leather hand-held shield with a spiked central iron element called a boss. […]

    • Date

       December 15, 2014

    • Client

       Bly Straube, Senior Archaeological Curator, 2014

    • Task

       Archaearium

    • Category

       Arms & Armor, Iron

  • Jeweler’s Casting Flask

    D-shaped element consisting of two sections pinned together at the sides by alignment pins on one section (the cope) fitting through eyes on the other (the […]

  • Breastplate

    This breastplate was found in a well that was filled in by 1625 and is of the peascod shape typical in the early 17th century. In […]

    • Date

       December 15, 2014

    • Client

       Bly Straube, Senior Archaeological Curator, 2014

    • Task

       Archaearium

    • Category

       Arms & Armor, Iron

  • Jeweler’s Drawplate

    This jeweler’s draw plate, used to form decorative metal wire, was found among the thousands of objects filling a multi-purpose cellar. Draw plates were used to […]

  • Bill

    The staff weapon known as the bill developed from the medieval billhook, an agricultural tool used to prune trees and slash brush. It was a popular […]

  • Half Round File

    This half-round file is used for smoothing and sharpening. The cutting teeth are still visible on both sides of this file from a layer in the […]