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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Aug, 2011 5:08 am    Post subject: Prittlewell Seax         Reply with quote

I think i'm in the right place for this now Happy


Thought I would post a pic of this one I made a while ago for the author Stephen Pollington.Found in an early Anglo Saxon context in Essex, England.



It is a slightly unusual seax with a straight back and long slim curve to the belly. I have not seen many with that profile in the UK from the early period although it reminds me somewhat of later medieval finds. Am I alone in this ? I can get quite inspired by the obscure and the unusual has anyone else come across this pattern elsewhere ? I have seen but a couple namely Kings worthy early AS cemetery in Hampshire UK and this one.

Just over 9 inches in the blade with an iron pommel.

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Aug, 2011 11:20 am    Post subject: prittlewell seax         Reply with quote

Mark,
I really like this seax. It is beautiful and very elegant. Well done.
Any idea on the age of the "Prittlewell" seax?Would it be the early 6th Century?
Anyway, I love the lines of yours and the grip is terrific.
Stephen is very lucky.
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Aug, 2011 1:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is a lovely piece. The grip is just outstanding. Really well done.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 12:07 am    Post subject: Seax         Reply with quote

Hi Mark
Great to see you getting your fine craft skills on display on the correct group Wink How about sharing some pics of your other great work here for fellow forumites?

best
Dave

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the interest guys.

Peter, I believe the date is early 7th cent on this one but I may need to double check. Glad to see I am sparking your interest Happy

Tim thankyou it is Red deer antler polished back and hand carved, something I need to work on as I am not really very artistic at all. I can make a knife but ask me to draw it and I am lost. As carving means you need to draw the design first I struggle, the carving is not the issue, its the drawing.

Dave you are supportive as always, I will carry on working hard to live up to it, it is appreciated of course. I will look back at my past work to see what may interest the kindly fellows here and post a few pics.

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 11:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really interesting piece!

Different, but still authentic looking. Impressive!

What kind of steel did you use? It looks laminated...
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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Paul,

It is unusual but based on the profile of the real thing, the pommel gave me the hilt length and approximate width as well.

Not laminated i'm afraid, 01 tool steel, the light is giving that effect. It is scary sharp though.

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 4:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Prittlewell Seax         Reply with quote

Mark Routledge wrote:
I think i'm in the right place for this now Happy


Thought I would post a pic of this one I made a while ago for the author Stephen Pollington.Found in an early Anglo Saxon context in Essex, England.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg15/roots...0001-2.jpg

It is a slightly unusual seax with a straight back and long slim curve to the belly. I have not seen many with that profile in the UK from the early period although it reminds me somewhat of later medieval finds. Am I alone in this ? I can get quite inspired by the obscure and the unusual has anyone else come across this pattern elsewhere ?

Below are a couple of continental examples. Normally the back curves slightly down near the tip, but as you can see, the bottom one has a practically straight spine. Mind though, while the british and continental saxes share a lot of features throughout their development, the british have their differences too (f.e. the pommel and bolster materials/designs in these narrow saxes). The blades on the continental examples are nearly always engraved with decorations, from simple lines to very complex patterns. The grips, when preserved, tend to be wood covered with a thin sheet of leather.



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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 10:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Jeroen, that is very useful.

I am familier with the top picture ( It is on my to do one day list ) but not the second, do you have any dimentions for that one ? It is very similer in profile to the Prittlewell seax but with a different design of pommel.

Interesting......very.

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Aug, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Routledge wrote:
Thanks for the interest guys.

Peter, I believe the date is early 7th cent on this one but I may need to double check. Glad to see I am sparking your interest Happy

Tim thankyou it is Red deer antler polished back and hand carved, something I need to work on as I am not really very artistic at all. I can make a knife but ask me to draw it and I am lost. As carving means you need to draw the design first I struggle, the carving is not the issue, its the drawing.

Dave you are supportive as always, I will carry on working hard to live up to it, it is appreciated of course. I will look back at my past work to see what may interest the kindly fellows here and post a few pics.


You're being far too modest. I find myself looking at your image gallery and admiring your art at least 3 times a week Wink Happy
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2011 12:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gorgeous- simply gorgeous! I love the detail on the scabbard as well. As usual a beautiful and well-executed historically inspired piece (Historically Inspired is not a subtle insult in my vernacular, just a description) Jeroen might be able to check me on this but I recall seeing other straight-spined saxes from Sweden.
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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael Pearce wrote:
Gorgeous- simply gorgeous! I love the detail on the scabbard as well. As usual a beautiful and well-executed historically inspired piece (Historically Inspired is not a subtle insult in my vernacular, just a description) Jeroen might be able to check me on this but I recall seeing other straight-spined saxes from Sweden.


Thank you Michael,

Yes I agree there are a fair few later period swedish seax with straight backs. Not so commen in my neck of the woods though so interesting for their rarity.

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