Dated to 14th century
A scabbard for a knife with pattern (and size) made according to an excavated piece from Dordrecht NL (Volken 2020). This style of decoration using "apple trees" is quite repetative throughout medieval decor on leather and in different contexts. It could be found in variations on other pieces from the Netherlands, but also on a very similar scabbard from Prague (Figura 2020 dated to end 14th to 15th century) or an ornate pincase from Nachlass von Hermann von Goch (Stadtmuseum Köln am Rhein, DE). Asymetrical motiv helps with the orientation of the blade in the scabbard (Volken 2020). In this case are the apple trees made in a shape of the knife.
The scabbard is lined with parchment, which should protect the steel from corosion caused by chemicaly harch vegetable tanned leather used on the outer layer (not that necessary for modern tanned hides). The layered construction also gives better rigidity to the whole piece and adds luxurious detail :) There are not many linigs excavated on the period scabbards, as they decompose faster than vegetable tanned leather, but according to latest thesis of M. Volken were quite common part of these objects.
The knife itself is made by P. Skalský and J. Hawkwind Petřina and is made according to shapes and technologies used commonly during 13th to 15th century. This specific shape can be found in Dutch (Volken 2020), British (Cowgill 1987) and Polish (Wywrot - Wyszkowska 2017) context and probably also other places. The whittle tang knives were very characteristic for 13th and 14th century, and first in the second half of 14th century and in 15th century were put aside for scale tang knives. The blade is made out of common steel (not stainless... ) and the handle is secured in place by historically accurate glue.
The scabbard is handsewn by a linnen thread out of vegetable tanned beef leather with goat parchment lining. The hanging loop is out of leaher too.
Overall length: 34,5cm
Length of the blade: 20cm