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Type 14b: Small one-piece double-sided

Type 14b - basic outline Type 14b - timeline Distribution of Type 14b combs in British Isles European distribution of Type 14b combs
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Type 14b example

Combs of Type 14b are simple in construction, morphologically rather uniform, small in size (typically c. 50mm in height), and lacking in complex ornament. They are nonetheless well-produced pieces, featuring differentiated teeth, often cut to a very fine gauge (>10 teeth per cm) on one edge. They may be readily distinguished from smaller variants of Type 14a, by their thin, broadly rectangular section. They are known from the 14th century onward in England, and are frequent finds across northern Europe, becoming particularly well known from the 16th century. They are frequently referred to as 'medieval nit combs'.

 

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