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Iron knife in organic remains of sheath

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posted on 2021-10-27, 13:24 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Brent 1866, 163: The double sheath containing the knife or dirk and the smaller knife together is, I believe, unique as a Saxon relic. I made a drawing of these immediately, and although they became parted upon exposure, and much of the wooden sheath has crumbled away, I can state with certainty that their juxtaposition was not accidental, but that they formed the true type of the Highland scian, dirk and knife in a double scabbard. The larger knife is nine inches in the blade, and, including haft, nearly twelve in length; its blade is one inch and a half in breadth. The smaller is six inches long.Two knifes in wooden sheath. Larger knife has 9 inch blade and nearly 12 inch total length. Blade 1 1/2 inches wide. Smaller knife 6 inches long. Sheath obviously double though disintegrated on exposure.


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Sarre Grave 26

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iron, organic (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; wood) (Antiquarian Material; wood)

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knife sheath, knives (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; knife sheath) (Antiquarian Keyword; knife sheath)



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