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The word hammer is primarily associated with the hand hammer, consisting of a head with a bell and face (flat end) and a peen (narrow end) along with an eye (hole of the handle) and a handle; it evolved from prehistoric hammer-like tools (some 350,000 years ago). The hammer was both an effective tool and a potent weapon, with ritual and mythological significance. As a gavel, it is used to call for order in a courtroom and in auctions; it serves as a s…

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Pichol, Karl, “Hammer”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020592>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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