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    Ancient multitools - photos

    A couple of antique multitools. One from around 1588, and one from around AD 250.

    First is a 14-piece multitool, from around 1588:

    Translation of description from German:

    The Fortuna-shaped iron box with sliding lids and a false bottom contains fourteen anchored small tools, three rasps on one side, a pointed winch, a jigsaw, a knife and a detacher, on the other a key, four files, a square bit and a square gimlet. The universal instrument is in its kind a forerunner of today's pocket knife. This instrument was made according to inventory by Balthasar Hacker for Elector Christian I. After 1619 it arrived in the arsenal and is in 1828 in the Mathematical-Physical Salon detectable, from where the piece in 1877 to the Historical Museum (Armory) was delivered.

    And next we have a Roman 5-piece multitool from around AD 200-300. Includes a fork, spoon/spatula, pick, spike, and knife.

    More: Fitzwilliam Museum Collections Explorer - Object GR.1.1991 (Id:70534)

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