There’s a proverbial cow somewhere that’s starting to look nervous…
I’ve finally finished the first cut of the NMS photos. Here for your edification and viewing pleasure is the first lot of leather photos. I’ll do the skeletal materials photos in another post, and I’ve already done the leatherworker’s toolkit elsewhere. Click on them to embiggen if you want a closer view.
The full set of photos contain lots of stone and metalworking as well, I’ll also get the textiles and paint photos up in the Fullness of Time™.
Stone, bronze and iron age
Embossed and decorated leather chamfron panel, Newstead. 75-100AD
The one-piece shoe on the left is from Newstead (2nd C), the wooden last from Buiston and the two piece shoe from Iona (both 6-8th C). This is one of the problems with the NMS, they group similar items together even though there may be several centuries apart and from different cultures and imply a relationship between the objects that doesn’t necessarily exist.
Multi-part shoes, Newstead 2nd Century AD. There’s at least two and possibly three different styles of shoe here.
Multi-part shoes, Newstead 2nd Century AD. There’s some unrelated leather working tools on the top shelf.
British leatherworking tools. Knives from Cairnholly, Cleughhead, Luce Sands, Traprain Law and Camelon. 7500BC-900AD. At least the dates are fairly obvious on this set, even if it does cover nearly 8000 years. The shoe is from Newstead.
British leatherworking tools. Awls from Ruberslaw, Burrian, Druimvargie Cave, Foshigarry, Knop of Howar, MacArthur Cave, Skara Brae, Torran Dubh, Buiston and Newstead. 8500BC-900AD
Needles from Hillhead, West Grange of Conon and Laws of Monifieth. 300BC-800AD.
Leather shoes from the lead mining site at Sillerholes, West Linton, Peeblesshire. 13th to 14th century.
Leather belt pieces and bone awls with off-cuts from leatherworking, from Fast Castle, Berwickshire.
Leather shoe soles. The one on the right is a child’s size. 15-16th century.
Shoe sole detail, Tomb of Mary Queen of Scots. 1606-12. The cut in the sole for hiding the
welting [see comment below] sole stitches can be clearly seen.
Large bombard from the 17th century, four layers of leather in the handle, possible traces of red paint on the back edge. H.JS32.
I have some detail photos here.
Scottish Bollock Knives, 17th C
L: With gilt and engraved decoration indicating it belonged to the Master of Home. H.1991.1865.1
R: with scabbard and gilt and decoration on the blade, dated 1617. Scottish, probably Edinburgh. H.LC. 111a and b.
Note the diamond cross-section. Most earlier daggers of this type have triangular cross-section blades.