Copper hoe blade with broad, slightly curved blade and long cylindrical handle. [LKG 06/01/2010]
Place details: AFRICA. Congo, Democratic Republic of? / Zambia? / Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Copper Metal / ?. Processes: Smelted / Hammered / Cast / ?. Dimensions: L = 435 mm W = 150 mm Field Collector: ?H.J. Carlisle When Collected: Before 1907 Other Owners: ?H.J. Carlisle PRM Source: H.J. Carlisle? Acquired: Purchased September 1907
KEYWORD: Hoe / Agricultural Tool / CLASS: Tool / Agriculture and Horticulture / ?.
Object description: Copper hoe blade with broad, slightly curved blade and long cylindrical handle. At the head of the handle where the blade is attached, the narrow cylinder of the handle broadens in diameter. [LKG 06/01/2010]
Research notes: Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia (now Kabwe, Zambia) [Encyclopaedia Britannica on line]. However Congo Free State is now Zaïre. Due north of Kabwe is a small finger of Zaire stretching over the northern border of Zambia and this object might come from this area [AP 10/5/2000]
In Balfour's diary of his 1907 trip to southern Africa [PRM ms collections] for September 6 1907 he remarks 'Met Mr. H.J. Carlisle + travelled with him a good deal of the way.' on 7 September 'Saw the train off again at 12.30 pm + arranged to see Carlisle at Bulawayo on my way through on Sunday week.' [unfortunately he doesnt seem to mention him further] [AP 22/09/2005]