A boxwood knife sheath

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Origin
Netherlands
Material
Boxwood
Dimensions
20.5 cm

The sheath is richly carved with Biblical depictions with on the front and reverse scenes from the Old and New Testament and on the two sides ten apostles. The shealth is dated 1592 on the left. On the right side WJW is carved. Originally this would have been WGW, probably referring to “Wie Gott Will” as god wishes.

Originally the sheath would have accomodated a knife with iron blade and boxwood handle, the handle was probably shaped as a saint.  

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