Vellum Scabbard, Joannes Kalkoen

Vellum Scabbard, Joannes Kalkoen

Vellum Scabbard
Joannes Kalkoen
Amsterdam, Netherlands
about 1670
Museum no. M.60:2-1947

This is a vellum scabbard for a small sword made by Joannes Kalkoen circa 1670 in Amsterdam. The hilt of the sword is enamelled gold and the blade is inscribed 'Francisco (Ru)iz en Toleto' and bears the makers mark.

The scabbard, constructed of calfskin, has been worked over a fine wooden core. The vellum is applied in one piece and stitched on the reverse proper right side.  It has a number of engraved markings towards the hilt end that were not clearly legible prior to cleaning due to a heavy coat of ingrained soil.