High status Enameled Scabbard
The completed scabbard takes elements of the effigy of Ralph Fitzherbert from Norbury Church (also a replica is present in the V&A) and uses finds from the Portable antiquities scheme database, to reconstuct a complete sword harness of a noteworthy man at arms. The lockets have enamels mounted within them which are made in the later Limoges painted style, using ground glass and oils to apply with multiple firings at approximaly 800 degrees C in order to fuse the enamel. The sword itself has its cross guard and pommel gilded in 22 carat gold leaf, with a shellac laqure applied to make the gilt more robust.
The mounts on the leatherwork and the have been 3D modelled, and cast with the lost wax method using a rapid prototype masters to make the moulds for the waxes. These where transformed from rapid prototype masters into bronze by the tallented Mathew Bayley, of Bayley Hertiage castings. The chape which is also a copy of typical historical finds is also produced from a rapid prototype and again has been cast in bronze by Matthew Bayley. The scabbard is of a wooden core, covered with thin leather and dyed blue. All fittings are referenced, but the enamelled lockets are in the sytle rather than direct copies. The tasset strap ends are also interpritations from the Fitzherbert effigy, and each on has been made by hand by both Alex Kay, and Lan-ching Yeh (master Jeweller).
The dagger is a blunt (battle safe) bollock dagger produced by Tods stuff, and has been attatched to a dagger belt/harness with the same style tooled leatherwork belts, also with mounts based on the effigy. All belts have been finished with Matthew Bayley buckles (these are good strong buckles) but have hand made buckle plates and a mix of cast and hand made strap ends..