I’m about half way through the photos from the National Museum of Scotland, it takes a while to sort 800-odd pictures. I couldn’t resist the temptation to share this one. It’s a leather worker’s toolkit, dated from between AD650 and 950 * from Evie, Orkney.
The box is made from a single piece of timber, hollowed out so there’s no joint in the base for the heavy tools to push out. Some of the tinder boxes from the Mary Rose (82A0070, 81A1718, 81A3874 and 81A 5922) are done the same way, although in the latter case to keep moisture out of the tinder.
Carving on the back of the tool box.
Tool handles. The metal blades have obviously corroded, but many can be inferred from the handle shapes.
Pumice, antler and leather thong. I wonder if the antler is an edge slicker?
The original can be seen in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
* An earlier version of this post had incorrect dates of 550-850 for the finds.