Iron age dagger sheath

Iron age dagger sheath
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Iron age dagger sheath. Dagger sheath made from birch wood laid in vertical strips down the blade and bound with thin bronze strips joined down the back by fold-over jointing and some rivets. The sheath is decorated with rows of dimples across the front of each strap and forming a triangle border across the top of the sheath, punched into the interior surface. It had a British-type double loop suspension system, now gone but presumably of iron, the positions of the loops being shown exactly by small bulges in the bronze strips. Found with an iron dagger at Mortlake, London.

Image Details

Date
 
550 BC - 400 BC
Image Number
 
000824

© Museum of London

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