About Andrew Bates
- Bespoke, handstitched leathergoods.
- Archaeological and historical facsimiles and reconstructions.
- Costume and props for TV, film, theatre and opera.
- Art pieces and sculpture.
- Leatherwork tuition and consultancy.
- Pieces in combinations of materials.
C10th Scramaseax and Sheath
This is a reconstruction of a C10th Anglo Saxon scramaseax and sheath, interpreted from a fragment of leather now in the British Museum which was originally found in Hexham. The seax is of pattern welded steel (by Paul Binns) with a pearwood handle. The sheath is of moulded, vegetable tanned cowhide, bound with brass strips with brass rivets and impressed with decoration which was carved into bone stamps. The original dates from 975 – 1025 AD.