Medieval Bone-Handled Knife and Sheath

English, 114th/15th c.

Steel, bone, leather. We try not to overuse the word "rare" but it is truly justified here. The knife is a fine example of the cutler's art: two slivers of bone riveted on either side of the steel handle with tiny rivets. Its main use would have been for dining; the pointed tip is designed for spearing morsels of meat -- when forks appeared some 2 or 3 centuries later, knife ends were rounded. The sheath shows it was carried by an individual, not provided by the host. From a major English collection; excavated from the Thames foreshore in 1971. Minor losses to bone, otherwise excellent excavated condition.

Knife 6" l; sheath 5" l.

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