10572Re: [medieval-leather] Rain covers for swords.
- Jan 4, 2006On Saturday 05 February 2005 04:35, Bram van Diemen wrote:
> I just saw an article about leather raincovers for sword. Pieces ofDoes anyone have any further information on these things, or on sword
> leather (about 7.5 cm by 3.5 cm) were found during excavations in
> Dordrecht (the Netherlands) in 1997/1998. Olaf Goubitz (stepping
> through time) examined the pieces. There were just for swords to
> keep wather (rain) out of the scabbard. I posted pictures of them in
> de photo folder.
scabbards in general? Specifically mid-14th century ones?
I've been given a sword and want to make as accurate a scabbard for it as
possible, but there seems to be precious little information out there, either
on the Internet or in print on medieval sword scabbards.
I've got "knives and scabbards" but that's not much use since it only covers
knife sheaths which are totally different to sword scabbards. I know of a
book on Anglo-Saxon scabbards, but nothing on medieval ones.
All the information out there is from people building reproductions. There's a
reasonably consistent view of "the way things were done" in terms of there
being a wooden core covered in leather but little in the way of hard evidence
to back any of it up or real details like the exact stitches used to close
the leather, the thickness of the leathers, decorations etc.
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