Drawing of the Thorfast Comb Case

A comb case from Lincoln with a runic inscription featuring the male name Thorfast

A bone comb case with a runic inscription which reads ‘Thorfast made a good comb’. It is unknown whether the runes were inscribed by Thorfast himself as advertising, or whether the owner inscribed them to remind them where to go for another good comb if they needed one.

Object Type

Comb

Date

900 — 1000

Old Norse Name

Þorfastr

Anglicised Name

Thorfast

Gender

Male

Ascribed Culture

Material

Collection

Viking Designs

Current Location

The British Museum, London

Keywords

comb, Lincolnshire, personal-name, runes, runic_inscription

Further information

You can see the original at The British Museum, London.

This object is related to Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
Find out about Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

Acknowledgements

Drawn by Adam Parsons of Blueaxe Reproductions

References

The British Museum Collection online