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TITLE
Sink Stone of Steatite
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P267A
DISTRICT
Shetland
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1860s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31636
KEYWORDS
stones
fishing
lines
Sink Stone of Steatite

This example of a fisherman's sink stone from Shetland is made of steatite, a natural soft stone like soapstone. Grooves have been cut into the stone to allow fishing cord to be tied securely to it. This stone has the owner's initials carved into it and weighs 14oz (approx. 400g).

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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Sink Stone of Steatite

1860s

stones; fishing; lines

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

This example of a fisherman's sink stone from Shetland is made of steatite, a natural soft stone like soapstone. Grooves have been cut into the stone to allow fishing cord to be tied securely to it. This stone has the owner's initials carved into it and weighs 14oz (approx. 400g).<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)