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Canoe Mallet

Object Number:37-23-26
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Penobscot
Provenience: United States of America
Maine
Oldtown
Culture Area: Northeast Culture Area
Date Made: ca. 1900
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Length: 32.4 cm
Width: 11 cm
Thickness: 8 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Samuel W. Fernberger, 1937

Description

Wooden. Head, plano-convex oval with one side flattened; nearly cylindrical grip carved with sockets for fingers and thumb. Used for beating ribs on birch-bark canoes into place. Battered socket on plane face struck the wedge or punch; flattened side facilitated direct used of mallet in pointed ends of canoe. Now rare, if not unique tool.

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