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Hedeby Quiver – Mark 2

If you go back to my earlier posts on making a Hedeby quiver, I commented that I had been able to match all the stitch holes and thread imprints on all parts other than the carrying tabs.

Hedeby quiver carrying whassits
Hedeby quiver carrying tabs, redux

I’m now working on a group of new ones and this is the solution I’ve come up with. I’m using some of the narrow strips to wrap the edges of the tabs. This results in the outcome that I was chasing – stitch holes but no thread marks on the main parts of the tabs.

Interestingly, this is the same edge treatment as on the 6th-10th century flacket from Cloonclose, Co. Leitrim. The link is to a photo album on Facebook by Matt Bunker and is used with his kind permission.

3 thoughts on “Hedeby Quiver – Mark 2

  1. Interesting!

    A question about the quiver body itself, and please pardon if you’ve answered this and I’ve missed it –

    is that “cuff” around the mouth intended to fold up and protect the fletching? Or is purely decorative? Or is it impossible to tell at this point?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Jennifer,

      My interpretation of the find says that it isn’t intended to fold up. There’s quite clear embossed patterns right around the cuff. If it had been folded frequently, it would have stretched the fibres of the leather and worked all the embossing out again after quite a short period of time.

      There’s a good stout ring of leather inside the cuff that holds the mouth of the quiver open and protects the fletching from being crushed if anything presses against the quiver. I suspect when the quiver wasn’t being used, it would have been stored in a chest, where having things put on top of it was a risk.

      There have been interpretations done by other people who have done the roll-up top, but all I’ve seen have used garment leathers and not had the embossed decoration.

      All the extant quivers from this period that are known to have covers, have slide-on caps. I can’t see a way for that approach to work with the Hedeby quiver but will soon be publishing one I’ve made on an earlier wooden Nydam quiver.



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