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JG Elmslie
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jul, 2016 10:02 am    Post subject: An English Anelace dagger, from the mid-14th century         Reply with quote

I'd just like to show off this little piece I've been working on; an English antenna-hilted quillon dagger (sometimes called an "Anelace" or "Aunlaz" dagger), based on studies of Royal Armouries x.1302, a dagger of this type dated to the mid-14th Century and recorded as a find from Tooley Street, London.

Blade of EN42j carbon steel, Hilt of hand-forged and blacked steel with sterling silver rivet decoration filling the centre of each scroll, a tapering square pein block, and grip of beech wood and vegetable-tanned leather.

The sheath is hand-sewn from two layers of leather in 14th century fashion, with stamping and carving covering the vegetable-tanned cow hide. The twisting vine or rose decoration with details picked out in a red oxide paint is based on an extant example of painted leather (Museum of London ID #13457).

Blade length is 225mm. (Original is 219mm, and I think continued for about 6-7mm more.)
Overall Length is 325mm, with the grip itself being 73mm long.
Width across the crossguard is 53mm.
Weight: 195g.

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This was a piece produced as a personal challenge, after looking at the first reproductions of this dagger made by Arms and Armour, MN around the year 2000, made into a standard stock item in 2008. Looking at the original and reproductions, I couldn't help notice that there were several other makers who were simply copying their product, with the rather distinctive look of its bare wood hilt. So I and wanted to challenge the way that others have copied that interpretation entirely, instead of making their own interpretation. Hence the departure from the preconceived appearance of these, by using a leather covered hilt, extensive blacking, and adjusting the blade profile to more accurately recreate the slender tip of the original. I'd like to hope it presents a fresh view of a familiar dagger.

I'd also like to give my thanks to Craig Johnson of Arms and Armor http://arms-n-armor.com/, for the information on the production history of their model, and permission to mention them here.
I'll also thank Scottish blade-smith Chris Grant http://www.makemethischris.co.uk/ for the heat-treatment of the EN42 steel - not an alloy I'm accustomed to.

And I was going to say it was for sale. But I'm rather surprised to be able to say, it sold while I was writing this description. Ah well, I cant complain, can I?



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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jul, 2016 1:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thats rather nice James.

Excellent work all round and I particularly like the sheath and the use of colour.

Well done.

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jul, 2016 6:08 pm    Post subject: Great Dagger         Reply with quote

That looks great. You did a great job on the dagger and the scabbard. I particularly like the colored elements and the silver. We did some in copper on a few of our early ones, but where striving to keep our price inline with our other daggers of this size for the stock item. You really created a nice piece and I am sure your lucky patron will enjoy it for a life time.

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul, 2016 7:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm working in Tooley St on Thursday, I'll keep my eye out for others lying about!

Very nice work, good feel to it.

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul, 2016 12:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A brilliant piece, from the subtle embellishmens in the scrolls, the shape of the handle, the less subtle leatherwork all the way to the lace ends. I really love it!
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Jul, 2016 2:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is one of those cases when I wish I could blow up the photos to study it in more detail.

nice job.
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PostPosted: Sun 31 Jul, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Harry Marinakis wrote:
This is one of those cases when I wish I could blow up the photos to study it in more detail.

nice job.


Harry, thanks, pictures with twice the resolution are here:

http://www.elmslie.co.uk/portfolio/Anelace_dagger01.jpg
http://www.elmslie.co.uk/portfolio/Anelace_dagger02.jpg
http://www.elmslie.co.uk/portfolio/Anelace_dagger03.jpg
http://www.elmslie.co.uk/portfolio/Anelace_dagger04.jpg

Hopefully that'll do?
Any more than that, I have the original 14Mp images from the photography, email me if you really want a copy of one or two of them. but be aware, they've not had all the little bits of dust airbrushed out.
Honestly. I'm pretty sure that I set up the photos, dust, clean off, turn my back for 3 seconds, and my cat runs in, sits on top of the board, and drops a pile of fluff, and then scarpers every time.
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