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Robert Muse




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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jan, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Hersir Scabbard         Reply with quote

Hi,
Just wanted to show my newest scabbard by Sonny Suttles.
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David Wilson




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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jan, 2012 3:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dang that's nice. Sonny is one talented scabbard maker!
Where did he get the chape? Is it a copy of an original?

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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jan, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice Robert! I have been looking at Sonny's work for a while now and the more I see, the more I like it. This one doesn't disappoint! Well done! I would also like to know about the chape...
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jan, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That, sir, is a beautiful scabbard. I have never been much interested in Viking swords, but seeing that work might have just changed my mind...
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David Hohl




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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jan, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's really exceptional. I like the lacing of the strap bridge in particular. Do you know how common it was to have a scabbard with a chape but no locket, as opposed to neither or both? In looking around I see a lot of scabbards built this way; is it a trend based on the artifacts, or one of those matters where there's no data?
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Robert Muse




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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jan, 2012 5:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello David,

I'm far from an expert, but in the books I have on scabbards, the chape (often more simple) seems to be more common than a locket. It seems the locket wwent in and out of fashion.

Hi Tim, and David
The chape came from a small production craftsman named Andrew Mason. I have had it for awhile and can't recall much about it. other than he called it a Viking Chape. I will try and see if it is based on an actual design or his.

Tim. I really love some of your newer swords!!! I want!
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jan, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sonny makes nice scabbards for all types of swords.
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Robert Muse




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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jan, 2012 4:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi, The artist says that it is based on a Rus find. However in this case the photo was so poor that he used some artist licence.
He does say that his other work is all based on actual finds. He plans a website, when he does, I'll post a link. It should be interesting as he creates some lesser seen works.

Robert
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Ville Vinje




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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jan, 2012 12:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The motif of the shape is that of the classical "gripping beast", a motif found in Scandinavia as well as Rus. This particular motif, I belive, is based on a tortoise brooch from Lisbjerg in Denmark.
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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jan, 2012 1:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Hohl wrote:
That's really exceptional. I like the lacing of the strap bridge in particular. Do you know how common it was to have a scabbard with a chape but no locket, as opposed to neither or both? In looking around I see a lot of scabbards built this way; is it a trend based on the artifacts, or one of those matters where there's no data?


Depends on period.
Late roman and early migration era scabbards usally have both, frequency then seems to decrease going into the 7th century (the Mound 1 and Mound 17 Sutton Hoo scabbards had neither). Once you get to the 9th century (based on find frequency, surviving scabbards and manuscript depcitions), the use of chapes and mouths in some areas (especially England) has pretty much died out and their use is rare in most of Western Europe. Chape finds are more frequent than mouth finds but, as the majority of these finds are from accidental losses rather than burials, this might just be due to the fact that it's much harder to loose the mouth form a scabbard than it is the chape.

Lovely work, I like the tooling especially.

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jan, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Very nice Robert! I have been looking at Sonny's work for a while now and the more I see, the more I like it. This one doesn't disappoint! Well done! I would also like to know about the chape...


I agree very high quality work at what seems like reasonable prices and reasonable turn around times from what I have read before on this site.

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Slightly off-topic: Who did the +VLFBERTH+ on your blade?
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Robert Muse




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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jan, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Scabbard         Reply with quote

Sonny Suttles. It is etched, but with texture and shows very good in display.

He does really outstanding work and can supply different finishes to the etch.
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Robert
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