NMS Archaeology Object 724559: X.2015.277 - Handle



Worked antler, handle?, Orkney, no locality,

Accession Number


Other references

Not recordedQ.L.1933.2051

Original description

Worked antler ?handle. ?Handle made from brow tine and burr of deer horn with hollow socket for an implement, formed by cutting an oval hole into the base of the antler beam, L: c 210mm (overall); 80mm (from burr to beam). The object is marked with the old NMAS loan catalogue number L.1933.2051 indicating that it originally formed part of the Skaill House collection lent to the museum in 1933 by Henry Scarth; the object forms part of a run of material listed in the NMAS Loan catalogue as ‘Relics from Skaill House, localities unknown’. In 1937 the collection was acquired from Scarth by Walter Grant and presented by Grant to the National Museum. At some point, this object has been marked with the number HR 1315, which is now incorrect as it does not tally with the relevant classified catalogue.

Associated person/people (e.g. excavator/former collection)


Discovery / field collection

Date of discovery

Not recorded

Method (e.g. excavation)

Not recorded

Place (i.e. location of discovery)

Orkney, Scotland, Northern Europe


Acquisition date


Acquisition source (i.e. name of donor)

Grant, Walter G., F.S.A.Scot., 1930 - 1956 (fl.)

Acquisition source role (e.g. donor)




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