That seems to be a very good suggestion - why didn't we think of that.
A Google search suggests that a two ended stonemasons chisel was called a
'Millbill' and it fitted into a wooden shaft called a 'Thrift' and was used
to dress millstones.
This could be a distinct possibility. Was the fulling mill we are excavating
once used as a grist mill? The possibilities are endless.
Thanks for your contribution.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lyle E. Browning" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2007 8:29 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] WHAT IS IT - A double ended cold chisel?
> This one looks like the stone dressing tools used for cutting the grooves
> in millstones. But those should have a hole for a handle in the middle,
> unless they have one of those odd handles into which the item is put that
> has a progressively narrower hole.
> Lyle Browning
> On Oct 6, 2007, at 2:50 PM, Trevor Dunkerley wrote:
>> Dear List,
>> The responses to our last 'button feature' are now on-line.
>> To follow the buttons we have a real 'brain teaser' which has us all
>> completely baffled! Excavated from a 19th century context, with the
>> corrosion removed and the metal cleaned up, the object is in relatively
>> good condition and appears to be made of steel and weighs exactly 1 kg.
>> It has a named stamped on the side with individual letter stamps and
>> reads M_ _ LAN underneath which is LONDON.
>> Is it possible to have a two ended chisel blade? We think not! But what
>> could it have been produced for?
>> Click on the 'XML' tab on the front screen, or from the 'Quick Link Site
>> Map' on the first page and follow 'WHAT IS IT' pages.
>> http://www.cmsmrps.org.uk - a community archaeology initiative.