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Jeffrey Hildebrandt
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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug, 2014 12:29 pm    Post subject: A couple Anglo-Saxon bosses         Reply with quote

Here are a couple Anglo-Saxon bosses I just finished. Both are based on schematics published in Archaeologia: Volume 110, Early Anglo-Saxon Shields - by Tania Dickinson and Heinrich Härke.

From the solid knob, this one tapers from 5 or 6mm down to 1.5mm or less at the edge of the flange. I was able to true up the plane of the flange just by hammering on the apex - a solid boss! Oil blackened with polished rivet/nail caps for contrast



This one is 16cm tall, though some of the same type stretch to 20cm! 2.5-3mm throughout, tapering down at the flange. The flange is only wide enough to accommodate a set of small rivet/nails.



More in this vein coming soon!

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug, 2014 12:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For such apparently simple objects they are fantastic, both in execution and in aesthetics.

Simple but fantastic - well done.

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Aug, 2014 1:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oooo, I do so like that first one! It looks very much like some Finnish archeological finds.
Have to ask: Are these already spoken for ?

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Jeffrey Hildebrandt
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PostPosted: Thu 28 Aug, 2014 7:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks, Tod and JT.

I took these photos of similar finds from the National Museum of Finland when I was in Helsinki, JT; I imagine you are pretty familiar with them:



One of sugar-loaf form:


And a bronze one with accompanying grip - evidently a popular design for a long time:


The ones I posted are already spoken for, but I would be happy to make more. :-)

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Aug, 2014 10:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hah, would you look at that! And such great photos too! I have to admit that these knobbed, waisted shield bosses are my favorite, later types are rather boring compared to these. I have always thought that that pointy bronze one is just simply wicked!

I had my old shield destroyed in an experiment, should make a new one perhaps. Would be the perfect excuse for ordering such a boss, eh?

Now you set me thinking...
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Great job Jeffrey. There aren't many people able to make a good job of these.
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