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Leather knife sheath. This sheath is entirely made of leather and is decorated throughout with embossed figures that ressemble birds or dragons. It was found at Thames Street, London in 1988. Date 1301 AD - 1460 AD

This sheath is entirely made of leather and is decorated throughout with embossed figures that ressemble birds or dragons. It was found at Thames Street, London in Date 1301 AD - 1460 AD

Sheath | Museum of London

Sheath | Museum of London

Scabbard Decorated knife sheath made from cattle leather. It has a split seam with edge/grain stitches. It is decorated by engraving and stamping and has a design of scrolling leaves against a dotted background. There are two holes towards the top of the sheath so it could be hung from its owner's belt by a thong.  Production Date: Medieval; early - mid 13th century

Scabbard Decorated knife sheath made from cattle leather. It has a split seam with edge/grain stitches. It is decorated by engraving and stamping and has a design of scrolling leaves against a dotted background. There are two holes towards the top of the sheath so it could be hung from its owner's belt by a thong. Production Date: Medieval; early - mid 13th century

Leather knife sheath, now flattened open and in two pieces.Decorated on both front and back with incised foliate motifs and narrow panels of chevrons. The foliage is enhanced with impressed dots, possibly a scrolling vine. There are traces of red paint on the decorated surfaces. There is a side seam with edge/grain stitch holes. There are four suspension slots towards the opposite side to the seam. The sheath has a rather blunt, rounded end. Late 14th-15th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath, now flattened open and in two pieces.Decorated on both front and back with incised foliate motifs and narrow panels of chevrons. The foliage is enhanced with impressed dots, possibly a scrolling vine. There are traces of red paint on the decorated surfaces. There is a side seam with edge/grain stitch holes. There are four suspension slots towards the opposite side to the seam. The sheath has a rather blunt, rounded end. Late 14th-15th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath decorated on the front with simple incised crescents and lines and impressed horizontal lines. The back has very simple incised lines. The decoration is separated into handle and blade areas by a slight ridge. There are four suspension slots at the back. There is a centre back seam with flesh/grain stitch holes. This is for quite a small knife with a chunky handle. There is some damage at the tip. 14th-15th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath decorated on the front with simple incised crescents and lines and impressed horizontal lines. The back has very simple incised lines. The decoration is separated into handle and blade areas by a slight ridge. There are four suspension slots at the back. There is a centre back seam with flesh/grain stitch holes. This is for quite a small knife with a chunky handle. There is some damage at the tip. 14th-15th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath. The back is decorated with impressed diagonal lines and the front with impressed lozenges and foliate motis framing a vertical row of lozenge stamps depicting an eagle with out spread wings. The moulding on the stamp is very fine with details of the wing and tail feathers and the beak. It has a centre back seam with edge/grain stitch holes and flesh/grain stitch holes along the wide flat base. 13th-14th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath. The back is decorated with impressed diagonal lines and the front with impressed lozenges and foliate motis framing a vertical row of lozenge stamps depicting an eagle with out spread wings. The moulding on the stamp is very fine with details of the wing and tail feathers and the beak. It has a centre back seam with edge/grain stitch holes and flesh/grain stitch holes along the wide flat base. 13th-14th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath decorated on the front with simple incised crescents and lines and impressed horizontal lines. The back has very simple incised lines. The decoration is separated into handle and blade areas by a slight ridge. There are four suspension slots at the back. There is a centre back seam with flesh/grain stitch holes. This is for quite a small knife with a chunky handle. There is some damage at the tip. 14th-15th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath decorated on the front with simple incised crescents and lines and impressed horizontal lines. The back has very simple incised lines. The decoration is separated into handle and blade areas by a slight ridge. There are four suspension slots at the back. There is a centre back seam with flesh/grain stitch holes. This is for quite a small knife with a chunky handle. There is some damage at the tip. 14th-15th century | Museum of London

Leather knife sheath with impressed decoration on front and back. There is an extension or wing to one side which has two main suspension slots and two smaller ones. The decoration is divided into two panels to reflect the handle and blade areas. The front has impressed chevrons, scrolls and linear motifs. Production Date: Early Medieval; 12th-13th century

Leather knife sheath with impressed decoration on front and back. There is an extension or wing to one side which has two main suspension slots and two smaller ones. The decoration is divided into two panels to reflect the handle and blade areas. The front has impressed chevrons, scrolls and linear motifs. Production Date: Early Medieval; 12th-13th century

Small decorated knife sheath, 15th century. Museum of London #425

Leatherwork at the MoL

Small decorated knife sheath, 15th century. Museum of London #425

ncomplete leather knife sheath with the tip missing. The front and back are decorated with panels of geometric, linear and interlace impressed motifs. The sheath has a wing or extension projecting from one side of the upper part and there is a centre back seam with edge/grain stitch holes. There are three suspension slots in the side extension. 12th-13th century | Museum of London

ncomplete leather knife sheath with the tip missing. The front and back are decorated with panels of geometric, linear and interlace impressed motifs. The sheath has a wing or extension projecting from one side of the upper part and there is a centre back seam with edge/grain stitch holes. There are three suspension slots in the side extension. 12th-13th century | Museum of London

Part of a leather knife sheath, cut at either end. The front is decorated with impressed lines marking out a rectangular panel which is decorated with incised decoration in the form of foliate motifs and a possible wing, perhaps intended to be a bird. The background of the panel is decorated with stabbed dots. The back has a side of centre seam which appears to have been glued and there is the remains of an integral smaller sheath. There may be the remains of lining. 14th cent. Museum of…

Part of a leather knife sheath, cut at either end. The front is decorated with impressed lines marking out a rectangular panel which is decorated with incised decoration in the form of foliate motifs and a possible wing, perhaps intended to be a bird. The background of the panel is decorated with stabbed dots. The back has a side of centre seam which appears to have been glued and there is the remains of an integral smaller sheath. There may be the remains of lining. 14th cent. Museum of…

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