This is a ground and polished stone axe head from Canada.
A wooden haft and binding ready to be attached to a thick stone blade that would be used for carving canoes and other large wooden structures.
A missing cutting stone would have been mounted onto the haft of this adze and bound tight into place.
The main cutting stone would have been mounted onto the haft of this adze.
This carved adze haft has eyes made from paua shell.
A fine basalt adze that was attached to a haft to carve large pieces of wood e.
A small stone adze for refining the carving work done by larger adzes.
A fragmented toki or stone adze for carving large pieces of wood.
This stone adze would have been attached to a wooden haft so that it could be used to carve large pieces of wood, such as canoes and house timbers.
This small stone adze would have been attached to a wooden haft so that it could be used in wood carving.
A stone adze head that would have been bound to a wooden haft for the purpose of carving.
Made from basalt (manutea), this hogback adze (toki) is common to eastern Polynesia and would have been used to fell tress and carve canoes.
It is said that adze stones (emoa) were acquired from the sea bottom.
Highly skilled carvers effectively used stone adzes (toki) to build large canoes and other sculptures.
Wood carvers were of noble birth and experts who were in great demand often travelling widely to build canoes, stores and meeting houses.
“He iti te toki e rite ana ki te tangata.
“Ahakoa he iti he pounamu” is a Maori proverb (whakatauki) which means “although it is small it is precious.
This is the cord from a German parachute mine dropped on St Loyes Estate, Exeter, on 28th November 1940.
TTNCM : 178/2009
This replica of the Alfred jewel was made by Payne and Sons of Oxford for the Millenium celebrations of King Alfred in 1901.
This Anderson shelter was used in Woodville Road, St Thomas, Exeter during the Second World War.
Diatoms on a microscope slide from the collection of WB Carpenter, prepared by WA Firth.
A freeze-dried toad.
Common frog freeze dried and varnished.
This frog has been dissected and preserved in spirit.
This frog has been preserved in spirit and suspended by a loop of monofilament.