100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

July 14, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

LOVERS of what is old will not be able to avoid a re­gret more or less sen­ti­men­tal that the most an­cient of ru­ral in­dus­tries has been brought to what ap­pears to be a def­i­nite end. Flint-knap­ping has ceased to be a pur­suit at Bran­don. Af­ter hos­til­i­ties com­menced there was an ex­tra­or­di­nary boom in the in­dus­try, be­cause sol­diers in the trenches dur­ing the fear­fully wet sum­mer and au­tumn of 1914 could not use matches and were glad to re­vert to flint and steel. But in­ven­tion put an end to that. Some­one dis­cov­ered that a very tiny morsel of flint with an au­to­matic ap­pa­ra­tus could be cheaply man­u­fac­tured and was far su­pe­rior. So once more the knap­per was thrown on his re­sources, and it ap­pears now that his vo­ca­tion has gone al­to­gether.

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