Scabbard Slide, Spatha Sword, 2nd-5th Cent, Rare!
Copper alloy; 72mm/5.5gm
Con/ as cast, with dark brown patina and crescent motif
Seller's Note/ As the 2nd Century wound down, scabbards were no longer attached to baldrics via rings, and the scabbard slide came into vogue. Such slides were tied or affixed via holes near the top of the scabbard and connected to the baldric with leather straps and buckles. Scabbard slides were commonly made of bone, wood (as seen in the second reproduction image) or copper alloy as is ours.
Scabbard slides are very rare and ours is an excellent example, especially for Roman militaria collectors or re-enactors looking to complete a scabbard with all original pieces!