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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 73 - 1959  page 201
The Anglo-Saxon Plane from Sarre. By G.C. Dunning, F.S.A. and W. L. Goodman   continued

firmly dated to about A.D. 750 are similar in all respects, except that the bronze sole is lacking. Another plane at Leeuwarden, made entirely of wood, with interlacing carved decoration dating it to the early Carolingian period—A.D. 750-800—also has the characteristic scroll handle and little upright pillar, and Dr. Wassenburgh, of the Fries Museum, has recently conceded that the Finkum plane may also be of the late Merovingian period, roughly contemporary with our little tool from Sarre.
   The use of horn for small planes was continued throughout the Middle Ages, as witness the little plane of stagshorn, with an iron sole, found by J. M. Greber at Burg Kreuzenstein, near Vienna. It is about 4⅜ in. long, 1¾ in. wide, with a 1¼ in. iron. The carving of a castle and groups of figures dates it to about the middle of the fourteenth century.

 


Picture of Anglo-Saxon plane from Sarre
on display at Maidstone Museum July 2004

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