Info Favorites Register Log in
myArmoury.com Discussion Forums

Forum index Memberlist Usergroups Spotlight Topics Search
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Wooden scabbards with no leather cover Reply to topic
This is a standard topic  
Author Message
Bryan Heff




Location: Philadelphia
Joined: 04 Mar 2012
Likes: 8 pages

Posts: 355

PostPosted: Tue 21 Jan, 2014 5:31 am    Post subject: Wooden scabbards with no leather cover         Reply with quote

Does anybody know if there are examples of scabbards that do not have a leather covering? I think I read a thread discussing this before but cannot find it now, I don't think it was very common. For this question I am mostly interested in the "viking age" time period through till about 1250.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
View user's profile Send private message
Matthew Bunker




Location: Somerset UK
Joined: 02 Apr 2009

Posts: 483

PostPosted: Tue 21 Jan, 2014 7:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There are wooden scabbards which only have a linen cover, the most well known 'Viking' one being the one from Balnakeil in Scotland. That was covered in linen and wrapped with a linen tape.
"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
View user's profile Send private message
Matthew Amt




Location: Laurel, MD, USA
Joined: 17 Sep 2003

Posts: 1,256

PostPosted: Tue 21 Jan, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, there are definitely uncovered wooden scabbards from *before* that era, which unfortunately won't help you much. There's a lovely decorated one from one of the Danish bogs, probably Nydam, c. 4th century. And a couple Bronze Age ones from the Danish oak coffin burials as well.

All that Viking stuff is like Star Wars to me, sorry...

Matthew
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Matthew Bunker




Location: Somerset UK
Joined: 02 Apr 2009

Posts: 483

PostPosted: Tue 21 Jan, 2014 7:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew Amt wrote:
Well, there are definitely uncovered wooden scabbards from *before* that era, which unfortunately won't help you much. There's a lovely decorated one from one of the Danish bogs, probably Nydam, c. 4th century.


Going by the very small fragments that have survived trapped under chapes and mouthbands, it's thought that the carved bog scabbards were covered in very thin 'skin product', probably untanned.

There's a nice bare wooden one from the Iron Age fort at Stanwick,bound with copper alloy bands.

"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
View user's profile Send private message
Bryan Heff




Location: Philadelphia
Joined: 04 Mar 2012
Likes: 8 pages

Posts: 355

PostPosted: Tue 21 Jan, 2014 8:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew Bunker wrote:
There are wooden scabbards which only have a linen cover, the most well known 'Viking' one being the one from Balnakeil in Scotland. That was covered in linen and wrapped with a linen tape.


Thanks for the info. Yes, I have seen/heard of linen covered scabbards.....very intriguing...I will look into that further. I am working on a scabbard for my Squire Line Clontarf and want to do something different from leather, maybe.
View user's profile Send private message


Display posts from previous:   
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Wooden scabbards with no leather cover
Page 1 of 1 Reply to topic
All times are GMT - 8 Hours

View previous topic :: View next topic
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum






All contents © Copyright 2003-2018 myArmoury.com — All rights reserved
Discussion forums powered by phpBB © The phpBB Group
Switch to the Basic Low-bandwidth Version of the forum