By Claude Blair
A heritage of Western guns from 1100-1850.
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This feature is illustrated on many English brasses and monumental effigies of with a metal ferrule (chape) which was sometimes the period c. little 1270-c. 1330. became increasingly common for the sword-sheath to be fitted with one or more metal bands (lockets) towards the mouth to which metal terminals on the two parts of the belt were linked by rings. This form of attachment remained in use until the middle of the fourteenth century, after which it became customary for the belt to be worn horizontally with the sword-sheath attached to it by a loop or a hook at the back of the top locket.
One of these founded, possibly after a tentative start in London, at Hounslow in the 1630's seems barely to have survived the Civil War: the other was established at Shotley Bridge, County Durham, shortly before 1687 and survived with difficulty until 1832. Neither workshop, as far as is known, produced anything of outstanding quality. The two great modern English centres of the cutlery trade, Sheffield and Birmingham, are known to have been producing edged implements and weapons from the Middle Ages onwards.
From not later than the middle of the sixteenth century until after the middle of the eighteenth century it was customary for the miners' guilds of Saxony to use processional axes as part of their ceremonial regalia. They are usually rather feeble objects, with flat angular blades, normally with the edge drawn up to a flat spike on top, and bone (b) hafts engraved with figures of miners, implements connected with their craft and, a date. See also bardiche, gisarme, halberd, polaxe, Lochaber-axe, sparth, tomahawk.