Covering the Blade

Archaeological Leather Sheaths and Scabbards

Marquita Volken and Olaf Goubitz | 2020

Covering the Blade

Archaeological Leather Sheaths and Scabbards

Marquita Volken and Olaf Goubitz | 2020


Paperback ISBN: 9789089320513 | Imprint: Distributed Title | Format: 210x265mm | 300 pp. | Language: English | 359 illus. (bw) | Keywords: archaeological leatherwork; sheaths; scabbards; prehistory; middle ages | download cover

  • Buy options
  • Bookinfo

    Paperback ISBN: 9789089320513 | Imprint: Distributed Title | Format: 210x265mm | 300 pp. | Language: English | 359 illus. (bw) | Keywords: archaeological leatherwork; sheaths; scabbards; prehistory; middle ages | download cover

We will plant a tree for each order containing a paperback or hardback book via OneTreePlanted.org.

Since 1968 several thousand leather artefacts have been recovered in the city of Dordrecht, ranging in date from the 12th century through to the 17th century. At that time, Olaf Goubitz was employed at the Rijksdienst voor Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek (ROB) and was able to devote his time to the leather and thus the organic conservation lab was established.

Over the years the quantity and importance of the Dordrecht archaeological leather finds made it obvious they certainly merited publication. In 2002 the leather footwear from Dordrecht and other sites was presented in Stepping Through Time. A chapter on Roman footwear by Carol van Driel-Murray and the Prehistoric footwear by Willy Groenman-van Waateringe completed the chronological range. The archaeological leather purses, bags and other small containers from Dordrecht and other sites appeared in Purses in Pieces in 2007.

The third book was to cover the knife sheaths and sword scabbards from Dordrecht, numbering more than 300 to date. Goubitz had already begun to draw the decorated knife sheaths from Dordrecht that passed through his hands. The Medieval archaeological leather sheath and scabbard finds from the city of Dordrecht form the core collection for this volume, the third in the trilogy after Stepping Through Time and Purses in Pieces. It was finished by Marquita Volken.

As with the previous volumes, a wider picture is presented, thus incorporating chapters on Prehistoric, Roman and modern period sheaths and scabbards from other sites in the Netherlands and Europe. Sheaths and scabbards are covers for blades, so here scissors, agricultural tools and specialized knives are included along with knives, daggers and swords. The aim, apart from presenting the Dordrecht collection, is also to provide a framework for research: chronology, typology, decoration styles, plus accessory items like suspension methods, cover-guards and handle grips in leather. A useful research technique for understanding a leather archaeological object is to reconstruct it. A select number of sheaths and scabbards have been reconstructed, providing insights on construction, decoration and functional aspects.


About the author:

Marquita Volken holds degrees in philosophy, art history, fine art, and a doctorate degree in archaeology. She is the author and co-author of over 70 articles and book contributions about archaeological leather finds from Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and France.

Foreword

1. Introduction
2. Prehistory, Iron Age and Roman period sheath and scabbards
3. Sheaths, scabbards and scissor cases from the Early Middle Ages
4. Swords scabbards of the twelfth to fifteenth centuries
5. Dagger sheaths and scabbards from the late thirteenth to fifteenth centuries
6. Sheeths for knives, 12th- 15th centuries
7. Quill knife sheaths, penners, scissor cases and protections for agricultural implements
8. Sheaths, scabbards from the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries found in archaeology
9. Reconstructions

Bibliography
Index

Abstract:

Since 1968 several thousand leather artefacts have been recovered in the city of Dordrecht, ranging in date from the 12th century through to the 17th century. At that time, Olaf Goubitz was employed at the Rijksdienst voor Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek (ROB) and was able to devote his time to the leather and thus the organic conservation lab was established.

Over the years the quantity and importance of the Dordrecht archaeological leather finds made it obvious they certainly merited publication. In 2002 the leather footwear from Dordrecht and other sites was presented in Stepping Through Time. A chapter on Roman footwear by Carol van Driel-Murray and the Prehistoric footwear by Willy Groenman-van Waateringe completed the chronological range. The archaeological leather purses, bags and other small containers from Dordrecht and other sites appeared in Purses in Pieces in 2007.

The third book was to cover the knife sheaths and sword scabbards from Dordrecht, numbering more than 300 to date. Goubitz had already begun to draw the decorated knife sheaths from Dordrecht that passed through his hands. The Medieval archaeological leather sheath and scabbard finds from the city of Dordrecht form the core collection for this volume, the third in the trilogy after Stepping Through Time and Purses in Pieces. It was finished by Marquita Volken.

As with the previous volumes, a wider picture is presented, thus incorporating chapters on Prehistoric, Roman and modern period sheaths and scabbards from other sites in the Netherlands and Europe. Sheaths and scabbards are covers for blades, so here scissors, agricultural tools and specialized knives are included along with knives, daggers and swords. The aim, apart from presenting the Dordrecht collection, is also to provide a framework for research: chronology, typology, decoration styles, plus accessory items like suspension methods, cover-guards and handle grips in leather. A useful research technique for understanding a leather archaeological object is to reconstruct it. A select number of sheaths and scabbards have been reconstructed, providing insights on construction, decoration and functional aspects.


About the author:

Marquita Volken holds degrees in philosophy, art history, fine art, and a doctorate degree in archaeology. She is the author and co-author of over 70 articles and book contributions about archaeological leather finds from Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and France.

Contents

Foreword

1. Introduction
2. Prehistory, Iron Age and Roman period sheath and scabbards
3. Sheaths, scabbards and scissor cases from the Early Middle Ages
4. Swords scabbards of the twelfth to fifteenth centuries
5. Dagger sheaths and scabbards from the late thirteenth to fifteenth centuries
6. Sheeths for knives, 12th- 15th centuries
7. Quill knife sheaths, penners, scissor cases and protections for agricultural implements
8. Sheaths, scabbards from the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries found in archaeology
9. Reconstructions

Bibliography
Index









© 2020 Sidestone Press      KvK nr. 28114891           Privacy policy