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Maurizio D'Angelo




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PostPosted: Sat 06 Feb, 2010 2:35 pm    Post subject: Romans wires intertwined         Reply with quote

hi all,
someone knows that the Romans made use of these wires intertwined. Were of bronze.
One hypothesis: the ligatures were used to get stronger. Also to keep hanging oil lamps.
Does anyone know if used in weapons?
I-IV century.



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R Lister




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PostPosted: Sun 07 Feb, 2010 1:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There are examples in the British museum in jewelry from the 2-5th centurys from roman /romano british finds. There are also jewelry finds from the 6th century in the crondell horde in hampshire, that can be seen in the ashmolean museum in oxford.

The replicas I have made, from bronze or sliver, I do not think would be suitable for scabbard furniture. However I've just found a thick bronze one that may be strong enaugh. But not nessessaryly felxable enough.

However I might make a very long chain from thick bronze wire to see if it works. It takes bloody ages to make though!


Is this any help?



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Matthew Amt




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PostPosted: Sun 07 Feb, 2010 11:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ave!

Those were just used for jewelry as far as I know, possibly for other domestic decorative purposes. I've never seen any suggestion of such a thing being used for military equipment at all. Even regular metal chain is very rare for that purpose. There just weren't any Roman *weapons* that used chains, that I can think of.

I hope that helps!

Matthew
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