Ancient Celtic Shaving Razor! c. 8th-6th century BC. Rare Bronze Age ‘Hallstatt Type’ razor. Rounded blade with wide shoulders, triangular-section rod handle pierced for suspension. The rounded edges are worked to a very fine blade.
A Medieval Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II, 1197-1250 AD. Billon denaro, Messina mint. His crowned head left.
Crusader Israel, c. 13th century AD. A nice and very rare Mamluk/Crusader Period ceramic oil lamp. cf. IAA Reports 26: Avissar and Stern, “Pottery of the Crusader, Ayyubid, and Mamluk Periods in Israel”
Medieval England, 14th-15th century AD. Pilgrim holy water flask made of lead. Also known as an ampulla, these lead vessels were brought from pilgrimage places as a souvenir. Some scholars have suggested that many ampullae were used in the annual springtime ‘Blessing the Fields’ ceremony, in which the Holy Water they contained was sprinkled … More Pilgrim Water Flask.
From Medieval Germany, c. 1297 AD. Fantastic and huge door lock-plate found at Castle Ruine Herwartstein, destroyed in 1297 AD. Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
From Medieval Austria, 1400’s AD. Nice iron Seax or Food Knife, found at Castle Ruine Spitzenberg. Mauerkirchen, Austria.
Archaeologists have unearthed several 600-year-old bras that experts say could rewrite fashion history. While they’ll hardly send pulses racing by today’s standards, the lace-and-linen underpinnings predate the invention of the modern brassiere by hundreds of years. Found hidden under the floorboards of Lengberg Castle in Austria’s East Tyrol, along with some 2,700 textile remains and … More Lingerie Time Forgot.
WELL PRESERVED MEDIEVAL CHILD’S SHOE, found in the river Mosel near Trier. Because of the style the shoe might be attributed to the 15th century, but the find place also produced Frankish artifacts so an earlier attribution is just as possible. 16 cm, intact. An excessively rare complete medieval shoe in a wonderful state of … More Medieval Child’s Leather Shoe
Theodora (c. 500 – 28 June 548), was empress of the Byzantine Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. She was one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses. Some sources mention her as empress regnant with Justinian I as her co-regent. Along with her husband, she is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox … More Theodora.
On May 20th 1310 AD, shoes were made to account differences between right and left feet for the first time.