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Metal and wood
Length: 12 × 1.7 × 1.2 in. (30.5 × 4.5 × 3 cm), circ: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
On view in The History of the Bible, Translating the Bible
A blind tool used for decorating the cover and spine of leather books. This tool, similar in shape to a chisel, features a wooden handle with two decorative lines engraved in the wood. The metal end would be heated on a stove and then placed onto the leather to create a bind emboss in various decorative patterns, or it could be used with gold leaf to give the book a decorative gold finish.
Created around 1600, Belgium. Acquired before 2011 by Dirk Obbink, Oxford, England; Privately purchased in 2011 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.
Notes:  Museum of the Bible ascertained in a private meeting with Dr. Dirk Obbink in December 2017 that this object was previously with The Romantic Agony Auctions in Brussels prior to Obbink’s acquisition.
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