When our client requested a scabbard, hanger and belt for the intricately decorated Maristella Smallsword, I was keen to create something that would compliment the maritime themes of the hilt without distracting from the detail of the sword itself.
Thus a simple, elegant wooden-cored scabbard was created, with a steel mouth and chape. Black leather is wet-formed secured around the hand-carved core with a cross-stitched seam.
The simplicity of the piece suggests a sleek military look, while subtle details such as the periwinkle-like spiral on the chape tie into the sword’s maritime theme.
The Maritime theming is more apparent in the buckled frog and accompanying belt, both of which continue the black and steel aesthetic of the sword and scabbard.
Both pieces feature a ropework border, and buckles with small scallop-like engravings. Chris hand-forged the belt buckle with a subtle hammered finish, reminiscent of a seashell worn by the waves.
This hanger became the inspiration for my later range of standalone leather frogs, its adjustable straps and flared, weight-dispersing shapre in turn influenced by an antique piece shared by the client. In order to stop the scabbard from sliding within the three straps, I added a pair of cord risers underneath the leather of the scabbard, gently holding the frog in place without changing the sleek look of the whole.
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