Blacksmith's hand vise

Blacksmith's hand vise, mid-17th century.
This vise was discovered in the forge during the excavation of the Colony of Avalon. The screw tightened the jaws on small objects being forged, not unlike today's vise-grip pliers.
Reproduced by permission of the Archaeology Unit, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland.

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