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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

The fragment of leather on which the facsimiles of the Hexham Anglo-Saxon sheath and scramaseax were based. Currently in the British Museum.

The fragment of leather on which the facsimiles of the Hexham Anglo-Saxon sheath and scramaseax were based. Currently in the British Museum.

11th Centuy (about 1000AD), Lund, Sweden. 22cm long

Centuy (about Lund, Sweden.

Decorated leather fragment, 8 - 9th century.  May have been used as a sketch or trial piece for a design later carved in bone, antler or stone

May have been used as a sketch or trial piece for a design later carved in bone, antler or stone