Adze associated with Robert Louis Stevenson

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Adze associated with Robert Louis Stevenson

This adze was brought back from Samoa, Polynesia by members of the writer, Robert Louis Stevenson's family.

This hand tool would have been used on wood. The blade is a piece of shell.

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-94, moved to Samoa in 1889. His sympathetic support for the Samoan islanders brought their lasting regard and criticism from the British authorities. Some of his most exciting work was produced at this time.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-961-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1897.188.13
Date: 19th century
Dimensions: 290 mm L x 48 mm blade W
What: Adze
Subject: Tools
Who: Robert Louis Stevenson (association)
Where: Polynesia, Samoa
Description: Adze with blade of shell lashed to a wooden haft: Polynesian, Samoa
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