This scabbard and belt has been made for a Bronze Age Wilburton sword; this particular Wilburton has a long blade yet still keeps it’s beautiful leaf-shape.

 

Using analysis from the Pyotdykes find in Scotland, a Hazel wooden core has been shaped to fit the sword, and lined with calfskin. The wooden core is 3mm thick, and Bronze Age scabbards were similarly thin; they were lined with Auroch hide instead. The wooden core was then wrapped in a single piece of 1mm veg-tanned leather, held in place with glue. The scabbard was then stained to resemble the Yew handle.

 

A design was chosen using Bronze Age motifs, and hand tooled into the leather. There is no evidence in the UK for a leather scabbard having a design upon it, however are few scabbards are in very poor condition due to the nature of the soil they were found in. In Europe there are some wooden Bronze Age scabbards which have designs carved into them, so with the owner’s consent, liberty has been taken with actual knowledge.

 

A belt was also made up, with the same motif hand tooled along it’s length. This belt is worn around the waist and is in the style of European belts. The bronze buttons were cast; one to secure the belt, and two to secure the straps which wrap around the suspension loop.

 

Sword by Neil Burridge at Bronze Age Swords