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Jeremy V. Krause




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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan, 2021 8:19 am    Post subject: Development of seax sheaths?         Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I have noticed that among seax sheaths through the centuries we don't see much development among reproductions.

We see seax sheaths looking pretty much the same whether reproducing examples from the 8th. to the early 12th. centuries.

We have the same brass or copper running along the edge and a thick leather sheath section.

Is this just what we have to draw from archeological finds?
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Paul Hansen




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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan, 2021 9:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They easiest way is to link to Patrick Barta's website:
http://templ.net/english/weapons-antiquity_an...le_age.php

You'll find there a couple of "early" saxes with very different scabbards, mainly simplified contemporary spatha scabbards.

Only this one:
http://templ.net/english/weapons-antiquity_an...p#173-seax
Has the commonly reproduced sheath as you describe. It's also a bit later and more knife-like than the others.

I don't think anybody has published something comprehensive about saxes but in Menghin's book about migration age spatha's, he also depicts and describes the entire find context, so it also depicts several saxes.
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