Silver scabbard mounts on replica scabbard: 1330
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Replica sword scabbard made from brown leather. It has three original silver mounts, one on the pointed end and two around the open end. The mounts have loops to attach the scabbard to a belt. This scabbard and its sword was found in the Thames during the building of the first Westminster Bridge in 1742. The sword must have been lost or deliberately thrown into the river in its scabbard. Although the wood and leather scabbard had rotted away, the silver mounts by which it was attached to the sword belt were still in place on the blade. The upper mount is engraved with a stag's head and the words "wist.i wist.i" ("I knew, I knew") - probably the family crest and motto of the knight who owned the sword.
1330 AD - 1340 AD