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PostPosted: Wed 10 Nov, 2010 10:15 am    Post subject: Custom Handmade Scabbard: Albion Reeve 11-10-2010         Reply with quote

Hello myArmoury community,

I would like to share my latest, the Albion Reeve scabbard. I went with a little older suspension type to match the age of the blade, and mixed in some period appropriate tooling. I went with a tan and brown mix of colors, and distressed the whole scabbard artistically.

I hope you like it, and please feel free to comment or ask any questions you may have for me.

Thanks for looking!








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Ah, holly crap, you are killing me. WOW ! I always think your work can't get any better and it does. Happy Cool

Ran out of superlatives ages ago so ...... WOW again. Big Grin Cool

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Nov, 2010 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have a Reeve, and it really wants that scabbard.

Interesting - no buckle on the belt.
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Very nice. I love the early medieval feel this has, especially in the designs in the leather work. When I saw it it brought back to mind the art of the period and the overall impression i get viewing it. Again very impressive work.
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I think this is one of, if not *the* best of your work I´ve seen to date,

I like the fact there is restrain in elements but a richness in decoration. You also managed to choose decorative features and a style that does not stray away too far from the character and time period of the sword.

Thank you for showing!
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PostPosted: Wed 10 Nov, 2010 12:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
Interesting - no buckle on the belt.


There is almost no evidence for buckled scabbard belts prior to the late 13th century. For a sword like the reeve, this tied suspension is the most appropriate. Beautiful scabbard, as always, Brian. What inspired the designs? They seem either anachronistic, or very Northern European for the era. Either way, splendidly executed.

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Nov, 2010 12:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a beautiful scabbard, as always.

Any chance of seeing the back of it? I'm curious how the straps are arranged at the back.

Lovely.

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Nov, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, thank you for the superb commentary everyone. I'm very flattered.

As per request:

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Lovely work Brian. I am going to have to get you to work something custom for one of my blades sometime real soon.
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Nov, 2010 4:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous. It makes me want to go buy a Reeve so I can have one too...
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Nov, 2010 9:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work. Your scabbards just keep getting better and better each time you post a new one. Thanks for sharing this.
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Nov, 2010 11:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gregory J. Liebau wrote:
Roger Hooper wrote:
Interesting - no buckle on the belt.


There is almost no evidence for buckled scabbard belts prior to the late 13th century. For a sword like the reeve, this tied suspension is the most appropriate. Beautiful scabbard, as always, Brian. What inspired the designs? They seem either anachronistic, or very Northern European for the era. Either way, splendidly executed.

-Gregory


Except for several buckles clearly shown on the Bayeaux Tapestry, as well as several excavated examples from Italy that have been dated to the 11th-12th centuries. There are also the viking age belt and scabbard fittings that were mistaken as horse bridle fittings for decades, but are now identified as the former.

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PostPosted: Sat 13 Nov, 2010 9:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just wanted to add a little more to the intent of design. My goal was to create a scabbard that was period accurate to the sword, yet create a transitional scabbard that was somewhat in between periods both in art and function. The sword is more recent in age than some of the traditional 'viking' type scabbards with a strap bridge and baldric we know, yet not recent enough to be period accurate for some of the more complex suspensions. We see plenty of scabbards representing the more directly known periods, but my goal was for something representing what we might see in between those era's. A transitional scabbard made when territories were even less established and mixed culture and age influenced many designs.
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