Copper alloy nail cleaner
Roman, 3rd or 4th century AD
Found during excavations by Winchester Museums Service Archaeology Section at Victoria Road, Winchester in the mid- to late 1970s
This nail cleaner has been cast in a quite complex form. It probably originally formed a set with an ear scoop and a pair of tweezers suspended on a ring.
The indigenous Iron Age people of Britain adopted the Roman habit of bathing and personal hygiene with enthusiam, and such objects are common site finds in Winchester.