Early Knappers

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Early Knappers

Post by grendel on Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:22 pm

Something I have been interested for a while now, who the earliest knappers were to reproduce prehistoric stuff. 

Here's a photo in Masters of Flint by A J Forrest.

here (for large image)
http://25.media.tumblr.com/ee43e211e094dac438604a0c69ae4eea/tumblr_mt2a2rNYSg1sueqlso1_1280.jpg

It's the work of a William Spalding also known as Billy Nummer or Mummer who was a tile maker in Weeting near Brandon who turned his hand to making prehistoric replicas in his spare time. He is listed as a forger in publications, whether this is true or not in the literal sense is unknown as their was a tendency back then to call all replicas forgeries. original postcard is in the Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmonds along with some others. Dates are a little more difficult the Suffolk Records Office gives 1900-1977 but the Pitt Rivers Collections gives 1860-1943 with the collection being assembled in 1943.



http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=174-k532&cid=1-1-4


http://england.prm.ox.ac.uk/noajax-individuals.foo?i_l=S&i_id=1103

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Post by skalla on Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:46 pm

Cool collection the chap got together there - shame he got labelled a forger for basicly being a flint/prehistoric geek from what i can tell.

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