Iron Fire Stater Galley Design

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Roman Iron firestart galley shape

Location Discovered Spain
Material  Iron
Dimensions 8.9cm long overall

12.56mm Main decoration width

6mm thick.

Roman Empire 1st- 3rd Century AD

Iron fire starter in the shape of an ancient galley.  This item was used to strike a flint to ignite a fire.  The shape is very unique and one can see the curved front in the shape of the bow, as well as lines along the sides representing the oars.  The two loops would facilitate the handles where the item would be held.  The iron is still in great shape and only has minor pitting.  It is believed that many Legionaries carried these to make fires for camp each night.

**any help in finding sources for this item would be appreciated, as I have none**


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**Note on background. Close up view of the wall of the Colosseum of Pula, Croatia. Picture taken 2014