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)