Arrowhead of flint

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Used by a Banffshire family as a charm in butter-churning

Postcard of Arrowhead of flint.
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Arrowhead of flint

This leaf-shaped flint arrowhead was used by a Banffshire family as a charm in butter-churning.

Leaf-shaped arrowhead of brown flint, "Long in possession of a family in Banffshire as a charm"

Charms were widely used to ward off illness. Their special nature came from unusual materials or in the case of written charms, quasi-religious wording. Often they were worn, but some were dipped in water which was then drunk.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-767-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NO 101
Date: 18th or 19th century
Material: Flint, brown
Dimensions: 28 mm x 18 mm
What: Charm
Subject: Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Banffshire
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