361 – Knife with antler sheath: Witches’ hand

Physical description:
Bone or antler-handled knife with antler sheath - probably Lap/Finnish using reindeer antler. The antler resembles a hand in shape.
Museum classification:
Divination
Size:
240mm
Information:

Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'The witches' spirit hand Many witches insist that their clients place that which they have to give to her into a horn-like hand, and also anything that the witch wants to pass to her client is first placed in the so-called "devil's hand" before being offered to her client. At times one can sense a strange uncanny feeling of a third unseen person being present and taking part in these transactions.'

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Antler, steel, leather
Copyright ownership:
Copyright to The Museum of Witchcraft Ltd.

Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'The witches' spirit hand Many witches insist that their clients place that which they have to give to her into a horn-like hand, and also anything that the witch wants to pass to her client is first placed in the so-called "devil's hand" before being offered to her client. At times one can sense a strange uncanny feeling of a third unseen person being present and taking part in these transactions.'