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The Bronze Age

Axes & Maces

Fake bronze axe

Period:
Victorian
Description:

This bronze axe with its distinctive flange is typical of the Bronze Age.  It is however a Victorian fake, one of many produced at that time to feed the market for prehistoric antiquities.

Dr Selby bought it from an Edinburgh antique dealer in 1894. It is believed that he thought it was genuine.

 

Materials/Media:
bronze
Dimensions:
length:134mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2004.6.128
Digital Number:
SRAM024n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:

Murray, J 2005 The William McDowall Selby Collection, T.D.G.N.H.A.A.S. LXXIX, 147-172.