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Farrier's hammer
  • Farrier's hammer
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1640
  • Steel, wood, mother-of-pearl, bone and horn, engraved
  • Height: 33 cm
    Weight: 0.365 kg
  • A987
  • European Armoury III
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  • Farrier's hammer , the head of bronze, slightly arched, the face, reinforced with steel, is octagonal in section; the peen at the back is split for extracting nails, and there are two projecting lips at the eye on top. It is engraved with scrolls of conventional foliage, and has a horseman with baton and St. George and the Dragon on either side respectively. Haft of dark wood (probably cocus) strengthened with two side-straps or langets, the surface inlaid with plaques of mother-of-pearl and tendrils probably of antler; short grip of bone engraved with the scene of a farrier at work and a similar hammer is in the background; at the end is a turned cap of ivory of spherical form, probably of later date.

    German, about 1640.

    The elaborate decoration suggests that it was probably part of the insignia of a guild of farriers.

    A similar hammer is in the Art Institute of Chicago (Wriston, Museum studies, 1967, pp. 74-93, Fig. 15a, and details on facing page).