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A scabbard for our M4D Gustav Messer.
To keep to the historical style, the scabbard follows the blade quite closely and is relatively thin, not protruding over the thickness of the cross. To this goal, it's a composite of three materials: the core is thin plywood (we can work directly from veneer if you wish, contact us for pricing), bound in linen and wrapped in vegetable-tanned leather.
The exact thickness of the leather wrap depends on the desired decoration - for plain scabbards, it's 0.8mm thick goat leather, for embossed pieces, it's 1.2mm thick cow.
Colours in the list are available with no extra cost. Contact us if you don't find the colour you're looking for.
- loop suspension: based on period illustrations, it was the most frequent method. Two channels are formed at the back/top of the scabbard, and a leather loop is threaded through them. The scabbard hangs vertically from the belt.
- 2-point suspension: A somewhat rarer method for suspending Messer, where two short leather straps attach the scabbard to a belt at an angle. The straps are connected to the scabbard by themselves between wooden risers under the leather wrap.
- 2-point baldric: Sometimes seen on illustrations. Similar to the previous method, but the two straps join with the two halves of the belt in one point, held together by a rivet and a plate boss. The straps and the belt form an X, and the belt is worn accross the shoulder opposite from the weapon.
- Landsknecht knotwork: Often seen in 16th century illustrations on Katzbalgers, it's also present on some Messer scabbards. A long leather strip is knotted onto the scabbad under a wooden riser, forming essentially a belt frog. The belt passes through this knotwork, allowing for angled carry.
We are more than willing to decorate our scabbards. Here is a list of basic options. We can do several options not listed here, so contact us if you have a specific idea.
- Plain: The leather is left completely plain, the most common according to illustrations.
- Floral: Based on period manuscript border art and surviving leatherwork from the same era. Made by incising and embossing. We are happy to paint it to striking, contrasting colours, with the colour scheme inspired by period art.
- Architectural: Following the geometric rules seen on Gothic architecture, we can create either simple or highly complex decoration for your scabbard. The most striking feature of the complex version is the inclusion of rose windows into the design. Like the floral decoration, techniques include incising and embossing.
- Totentanz: The Dance of Death and Memento Mori are themes often seen in period art. On surviving original scabbards, to the best of our knowledge, they are exclusive to baselards from the 16th century, but the popularity of the theme itself justifies our use of it on Messer scabbards as well in our opinion. There are plenty of options, we only listed but a few - from single embossed monochrome figures to colourful lineups consisting of a dozen or more characters, we are happy to do it all.
Our scabbards are all handmade items, from core to decoration, using organic materials, therefore variations may occur.