Photos British museum - opens collection - Seax time!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by dirc, Apr 29, 2020.

  1. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    So, just recently the British museum has opened the entire collection online.
    I can post these amazing hirez images, (it's all clear for non-commercial use under a creative commons 4 license now) here is some Seax joy

    https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/search?keyword=seax

    look at this amazing one from the 6th century...
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    "Description: Iron seax; angled back, straight cutting edge. With a single piece of antler handle, incomplete. With two bags of fragments."

    in case that is slow to load - (it seems their site is pretty laggy) - here is a copy on imagebin
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  2. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    oh, another one:

    amazing runework : ) "Seax of Beagnoth"
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  3. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Nice!

    As for the knife, I'll need to see a youtuber trying to baton with it before I decide to spend my money on it.
     
  4. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    and this amazing one:

    Sittingbourne seax

    Description
    Iron seax, with a straight cutting edge and sharply angled back, the tang offset from the blade. One face of the blade was inset with eight decorative panels, but two are now missing. They are separated from each other by short, vertical strips of twisted silver and copper wire. The panels are inlaid with silver and niello, except for one, which is inlaid with brass. The triangular panel at the angle of the back contains a winged creature, the wing terminating in an acanthus leaf, and the body decorated with double nicks. Next to it is an oblong field with a symmetrical acanthus plant. The panels to the right of this are arranged in two rows of three narrow rectangular fields, but only one survives in the top row. It contains an undulating foliate scroll. The first panel of the second row is inscribed in Old English; the second, inlaid with brass. The last field is very worn, and contains an S-shaped animal, its body pierced by a strand. The panels are set above a long narrow strip with pendent silver triangles, which runs along the centre of the blade. It is composed of alternate rectangular panels of silver and brass, bordered by lengths of twisted copper and silver wire. The other face of the blade has a similar median strip, but here the rectangular panels are far more regular, creating a chequered effect. A second strip, also bordered by twisted polychrome wires, runs along the back of the blade. It is linked to the one below by two short lengths of twisted silver and copper wire. The panel thus created contains another Old English inscription, in letters of silver wire facing the back of the blade. The spine of the blade was also inlaid with twisted silver and copper wires, alternate silver and brass rectangular panels, and a triangular terminal of silver and copper wires at the angle of the blade. Much of this decoration is now missing.

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  5. Steve Of England

    Steve Of England

    74
    May 17, 2019
    Thanks for the heads-up, I'll be having a look at what interests me too...:thumbsup:
     
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  6. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    Post any good ones back to this thread :) it will be nice to have more pics posted for everyone to see
     
  7. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    354
    Jun 5, 2019
    Very cool! Thanks for posting it! There where some really skilled smiths over the ages.
     
  8. Steve Of England

    Steve Of England

    74
    May 17, 2019
    5 items found :), each as no available image :mad:
    Oh, I entered khukuri as a searched item, nothing found but put Kukri :( and...lost interest!
     
  9. abcdef

    abcdef

    Oct 28, 2005
    Thanks for this.
     
  10. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Things like that obviously took a lot of time to make, but I guess that is what you can find in a society with no TV, internet, or cellphones.
     
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  11. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I have always loved the simplicity of the seax. Did a spit in a vial DNA test and it must be genetic. 83% of me is either English or comes from a place in Germany that conquered England. Even the part of me that is German is Saxon.

    Gorgeous collection there. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  12. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    I felt bad for you - so I found this one from the met museum : )
    19th c
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  13. Steve Of England

    Steve Of England

    74
    May 17, 2019
    Cheers for that
    I think you might have set the ball rolling now and getting us doing virtual tours of museums for what takes our interest, well done.
     
  14. Triton

    Triton Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    Thanks for posting. I'm actually going to try to find someone willing to try to do a replica of this one for me.
     
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