These photos are from our visit to the Museum of London in 2006. The light levels in the museum can be quite low, so the photos sometimes are underexposed. The level of detail on the placards was also fairly limited, but most of these items have been published by the MoLAS if you want to read up further.
I’ll keep the captions brief and to the point.
- Roman leatherworking tools found around London, 1-3C AD.
Leatherworking tools, about 14th century. The small costrel in the middle is often cited as evidence for sand moulding. I can't see how you'd sand mould the ribs or why you'd need to once you'd moulded the ends and neck.
Small decorated knife sheath, 15th century.
Leather glove, 15th c. from Bankside Southwark. The cutout for the thumb stall is teardrop shaped, there is a repaired tear across the mitten.
Leather costrel, 1400s. More on these in a later blog.
Arrow spacer, 1400-1500. These were sewn into linen arrow bags, protecting the feathers from crushing. The small notches allow small broadheads to pass through. We've made a copy of this one and found it worked really well.
Archer's armguard, 1500-1550. Found in Worship Street, another of virtually identical shape was found in Newport, Wales.
Leather ink well.
Stylus case for holding styli for use with wax tablets.
Jack, 15th-17th century from the shape of the handle - the pewter lid is a later addition. Compare this with the ones at Warwick Castle.
Jack, handle view. The twist in the body is caused by uneven tension when sewing the back seam. I've only done it this severly once.
Iron-bound leather fire bucket. I suspect this is late 17th century or even more recent.
Sewn leather fire bucket. Decoration is painted, the letters "SB" on the top row, "B" in the middle and the date "1666" on the bottom row.
Pen knife and moulded leather case. Mid-17th century.
Front left: Leather tennis ball, stuffed with dog hair.