Looks like a heckle for combing flax rather than a horse comb
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ian Evans
Sent: 27 November 2014 23:52
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Subject: [BRITARCH] Horse comb in Australia
If someone could throw light on the object in the image at this DropBox
it would be very much appreciated. It came from a property near Mole Creek in Northern Tasmania and is thought to have been convict made in about 1812. It appears to be a comb for use on horses' tails or manes.
What I find especially interesting is the use of apotopropaic (evil
averting) marks incised into the wooden base. There are two sets of concentric circles and, beneath the base of the comb itself is what appears to be at least part of a hexafoil.
Can anyone provide further information on this device or suggest where I might be able to find it? Has anyone seen combs such as this in England?
Ian Evans, OAM, PhD
The Flannel Flower Press & World of Old Houses (www.oldhouses.com.au) PO Box 591 Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia 2482 Phone/fax 02 6684 7677 (+612 6684 7677)