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Primitive iron hammer

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Primitive iron hammer
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Description

This primitively wrought iron hammer could have been made by Vikings at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland or at any New England farm with a primitive open hearth forge and access to bog iron. Made directly from the bloom, this soft iron hammer shows evidence of both hand forging and long years of use. The many properties of unrefined bog iron are still visible in this early hammer.

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