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Iron scabbard suspension chain, as ML.2573, and doubtless part of the same scabbard suspension as ML.2570. Overall length 130 mm, with links 78 mm and 68 mm.
Length: 130 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
Context: Scabbard Suspension; Metal chains; Type 7, in iron.
Towards the end of La Tène I lengths of metal chain were used in conjunction with a leather belt to suspend the scabbard (Rapin, A., 1987, le système de suspension des fourreaux d’epées laténiens au IIe siècle avant J.-C., innovations, techniques et reconstitution du ceinturon in D. Vitali, ed., ‘Celti ed Etruschi’ (Imola), 1991). The chains were fashioned in two lengths, a longer piece with a ring at one end and a hook at the other, and a much shorter piece with a ring at each end. Rapin (especially 1987, fig. 6) shows how the two lengths might have been linked to the belt. Throughout the third century BC, and into the second century, the construction of the metal links varied considerably: for the typology see Rapin 1987, fig. 9. Rapin's type 1 is the system using separate rings; types 2-5 are early forms of chain, not represented in the Morel Collection; type 6 is the laddered chain; and types 7 and 8 are the more common types of chain.
Type 7, in iron: The two examples in the Morel Collection are composed of links with a triple twist. Possibly from Bussy-Lettrée and Vatry.
- Not on display
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