Image from page 169 of "The ancient stone implements, weapons, and ornaments, of Great Britain" (1872)
Authors: Evans, John, Sir, 1823-1908
Publisher: London : Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer
Contributing Library: Getty Research Institute
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up to the present time found any similarly worn sur-faces upon British celts. Another method of hafting in use among various savage tribesis that of winding a flexible branch of wood round the stone, and* Hev. Arch., vol. xviii. p. 266. 150 POLISHED CELTS, [chap. \l. securing the two ends of the branch by binding them together insuch a manner as tightly to embrace the blade. A stone axe fromNorthern Australia thus hafted is now, through Mr. Akermanskindness, in my own collection, and is figured in the Archwologia*whence I have borrowed the annexed cut. This method of haft-ing has been mentioned by White, f who describes the binding asbeing effected by strips of bark, and in his figure shows the twoends of the stick more firmly bound together. Another example has been engraved by the Rev. J. G. Wood.+This mode is very similar to that in common use among black-smiths for their chisels and swages, which are held by means ofwithies twisted round them, and secured in their places by rings.
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Fig. 105.—Axe—Northern Australia. It seems extremely probable that so simple a method may havebeen in use in early times in this country, though we have nodirect evidence as to the fact. A fancy sketch of a celt in awithy handle will be found in the A)xhceoIogia.% It resembles ina singular manner the actual implements employed by the Ojibwa}Indians,II of which there is a specimen in the Christy Collection,engraved by the Rev. J. G. VVood.H Some of the other NorthAmerican tribes** mounted their hatchets in much the samemanner. A hatchet thus hafted is engraved by Schoolcraft.ft In some instances a groove of greater or less dej^th has beenworked round the axes mounted in this manner, though I am notaware of any undoubtedly British examples. The blade engravedin the Arcluvological Joun)aI,XX and found near Coldstream, * Vol. xxxiv. p. 172. t Jonrn. of Voy. to N. S. Wales, p. 293 ; Kleinm, Cult.-Gesch., vol. i. p. 308. :J; Nat. Hist, of Man, vol. ii. p. 32. Coiif. Worsaae, Danemarks V
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