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Bronze chariot fitting

Cast bronze finial, often described as a chariot horn cap, of the Iron Age (100BC-AD50). Decorated with a soft out-lined low relief design of three linked palmettes, the piece is said to have had traces of red enamel inlay when first found, but none now
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Bronze Age axehead

Flat bronze axe head of the Early Bronze Age (1800BC – 1600BC). It has a thin butt, with a hint of flanges. There is a decorative ‘rain’ pattern on the blade and a lozenge pattern on the sides. It may have been manufactured in Ireland.
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Iron & copper alloy dagger and sheath

Dagger and sheath, Iron Age (700BC-43AD) The sheath is made from wood bound with bronze strips, and decorated with four indentations near the hilt guard. The Hallstatt-D type iron dagger originally had a wooden grip decorated with bronze and iron fittings. Daggers similar to this
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Stone axe-hammer

This unfinished stone axe-hammer has incomplete perforations on each side of the butt. It dates from the Early Bronze Age (2,000BC – 1,700BC) and may have come from the Thames at Old England, Brentford, like other items in Layton’s collection. Dimensions: L 200 mm; W
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Stone cushion macehead

Elongated cushion macehead made in the Early Bronze Age (2,500BC-2,000BC). The macehead is made from black silicified volcanic ash, banded in black and white. Its whole surface is polished, with oval section, round ends and a tubular perforation. It is a superb piece of craftsmanship
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Bone Dagger

A bone dagger with a hilt and carefully moulded pommel, carved out of a single piece of solid bone. The blade is decorated with a linear design of zig-zags and grooves. Like many of the objects Layton acquired for his collection it was found in
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Flint tranchet adze

Mesolithic (9000BC – 4000BC) Flint tranchet adze, from the Thames at Brentford. Part of the Layton collection. Dimensions: L 330 mm
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