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Alphabet Rod - Hornbook

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T4014
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1817 - 1817


This alphabet rod is dated 1817 and originates from northern Germany. It is one a group of alphabet rods in the Pinto collection. They all date from the early 19th century and appear to have been made or used in northern Europe. This example is triangular and made from hardwood inlaid with brass, ivory, ebony and pewter. It carries the initials 'MG' and a variety of symbols, including heart, scissors, flowers and a star. The alphabet is unusual as the letter 'Y' is placed between the 'H' and 'K' and the letter 'V' is absent.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Carved. Inlaid. Pewter or lead?
Place of Origin:Germany


Height:53.7 cm
Width:2.5 cm