The scabbard was made of two thin pieces of wood fitting the shape of the blade and covered with glued cloth, leather, or parchment sewn at an edge or the center of the inner face. It acted as a holder or container for the blade of a sword and protected it. Usually worn on a belt or diagonally across the back, scabbards were also sometimes decorated.
Related term(s): Chape; Lockets; Sheath; Hilt; Pommel; Quillon
Last modified: 06.06.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 73.
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