Museum exhibit /Chisel belonging to prisoner construction-workers of the Segezha Cellulose and Paper Plant.
A self-made chisel, found in 1990 on the territory of the Segezha Cellulose and Paper Plant (Segezha Town, Karelia Republic). A tool for prisoners who were construction-workers as the Segezha Cellulose and Paper Plant (Camp division No 4 of the Belomor-Baltiiskii Corrective Labour Camp) in the 1930s. It is kept in the Segezha Municipal Museum Centre (Photo 19.08.2005). 
 
 
 
 
Authenticity
 
Types of exhibitsMuseum exhibits/Objects/
 
Thematic indexThe Camps
 
Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
Date and place of creation1930s, Segezha Settlement, Mezhvezh’egorsk Region of the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
 
SizeLength – 30cm; diameter at its widest part – 9cm.
 
Materials
 
MaterialsWood
 
Description of exhibitA self-made chisel. The operational section of the chisel is metal, conical in shape and sharpened at one end. It has “tenons” for holding the butt-end (the broad end of the chisel onto which blows of the hammer are made). In the “tenons” there are openings for nails, used for fastening the working parts to the butt-end. The butt-end is in the form of a wooden picket, square in section. It goes into the metallic operational section and is fastened to it with the nails (the nails-section is preserved).
 
State of preservationThe metal is slightly corroded; the wood has faded.
 
Detailed annotationA home-made chisel. Supposedly made in the 1930s. It was a tool belonging to prisoner construction-workers of the Segezha Cellulose and Paper Plant (Camp division No 4 of the Belomor-Baltiiskii Corrective Labour Camp). It was found on the territory of the Segezha Cellulose and Paper Plant And given to the Museum in the 1990s (the exact year is not specified). It was displayed in the window of a Museum Exhibition called “Doroga na prokhodnuiu” [“The Road to the Control Post”] (2004-2008) without an accompanying text.
 
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Museum exhibit /Chisel belonging to prisoner construction-workers of the Segezha Cellulose and Paper Plant.