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Iron Age Sword

Postby Billy on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:55 pm

Here's a piece I finished just this evening.

It's a piece based on Lisnacrogher 3, one of the finer examples of La Tene Irish metalworking.
The main body of the scabbard was bequeathed to me by the late Prof. Barry Raftery on his retirement, as was the chape. It was made for him years ago, although I don't know by whom. I added the enamelling, repaired the chape and made the harness arrangement from leather and bronze, which is based on continental examples, as insular remains are scant.

The blade is ground down from an older sword, and I made the handle from ash, leather, bronze and antler. Again, this is based on an example from Lisnacrogher, Co. Antrim.

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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby Billy on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:59 pm

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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby claimhteoir on Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:37 pm

I love it Billy! Very jealous! Gorgeous work!
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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby Stephen Curtin on Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:39 am

Congrats Billy, very nice work.
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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby oleg on Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:27 am

Congratulations, it looks great, Billy.
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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby Nerva on Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:15 pm

Absolutely superb work Billy! The ‘belt’ is most interesting, never seen that before. Will you have it with you at Cragg?
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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby Billy on Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:57 pm

It'll be there alright, Alex is borrowing it for the weekend.

The belt is one of a variety of related designs, some of which had chains as well as leather components.

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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby Dave Mooney on Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:19 pm

That's only beautiful Bill. It's great to see the whole thing come together at last. 'The Raff' knew it was going to the right guy and he is truly honoured and remembered by your workmanship and attention to detail. Well done man.

I'll have one when yer ready :P

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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby Swifty on Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:04 pm

Fair play to Barry Raftery for his generous spirit and vision in bequeathing it to the right person and to the anonymous artisan who contributed to it - it went to the best home Billy as your research and finishing work clearly indicates. A pleasure to see such quality overall.
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Re: Iron Age Sword

Postby Billy on Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:07 pm

Thanks for the kind messages lads, I hope the sword does Barry some justice. He was such a gent, easily my favourite lecturer, and a wonderful teacher.

RIP Professor Raftery.
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