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[User Picture]From: galbinus_caeli
2010-11-09 02:03 pm (UTC)
Neat multitool. But when I look at the original images in the Fitzwilliam.

I think someone missed a function. Notice how, when the fork is folded in to the device, the tines stick out slightly from the bottom of the handle. That looks like a marking gauge to me. I bet if someone checked, that prong spacing would match pretty close to the lacing spacing on some bit of Roman kit.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-11-09 04:51 pm (UTC)
That makes TWO functions I think they missed...and yes, I agree the fork tines could represent a spacing function as well. But look at the tool between the spike and the pick. It's not on there by accident, I'm sure.

I keep seeing various settings for this tool...for instance, even if it's an eating utensil with fork & spoon, is the rest of it a grooming kit? (for shaving, cleaning fingernails and teeth, etc.) Could it be part of a field-surgeon's kit, for cleaning/treating minor wounds? I don't see how it could be all about eating (that odd little middle tool...how's that related to eating? The spike and pick are obvious enough--would certainly help with things like oysters/clams/snails, or pulling bits off something larger, but that one's a mystery.)

Thanks for coming up with the complete set of images.

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[User Picture]From: galbinus_caeli
2010-11-09 05:43 pm (UTC)
Honestly the more I look at this thing, the more the odd bits look like a pipe tool.

Did fourth century Romans have pipes?
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