This scabbard has been made for one of Bronze Age Swords Ewart Park swords, and is destined to live in the USA.

The two halves of the scabbard’s core were made from Hazel shaped to fit the profile of the sword, until they were just over 2.5mm thick. Even when this thin the Hazel is remarkably strong. In the absence of Auroch, I have lined the core with calfskin before the two halves were glued together. There may have been different reasons for lining the scabbard in the Bronze Age, as it stops the blade slowly picking up markings from the wood and it also stops the blade from rattling in the core – it also gives a nice feeling to drawing the sword. Since Hazel is a low-tannin wood it is unlikely that the lining was to prevent the blade reacting to the wood.

Once final shaping had been done, the entire core was wrapped in a single piece of thin (1mm veg-tanned) leather which is held in place by glue, and the chape and mouthpiece were glued in too. The owner of this scabbard fancied some design work on the scabbard (there is no evidence to back this practice up in the UK, however some European wooden scabbards have been carved) and so a design was worked out. The outer line of the design is the actual edge of the sword, which helps give an idea of how slender the scabbards are.

A Baldric was also made up for this scabbard, so it has a complete suspension system held in place with bronze buttons. In the UK there is no evidence of bronze buttons like this, however there is in Europe. The suspension system has been based on an image on the Mykonos Vase, which a friend had worked out.