Book binding tool

Up until the dissolution the library at Glastonbury Abbey was known to house a remarkable collection of books and manuscripts.  Tools such as this example dating from the 15th/16th century were used for decorating leather-bound books with blind tooling. The serrated edge would have been used to create indented patterns in the leather.

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