Stamps for decorating leather
This is an 8mm wide leather stamp with a lily motif that I made many years ago and which I use to decorate scabbard.
In the Middle Ages, stamps of this kind were a very popular tools. They were made of wood, metal and stone. They were used for embossing patterns on leather, ceramics as well as for imprinting patterns on fabrics.
Their whole charm lies in their diversity and uniqueness. As they were handcrafted by artisans, they had an irregular, imperfect forms, devoid of today's perfection, when computers and machines make similar tools ...
Many medieval stamps, e.g. made of non-ferrous metals, have been found. But why don't we actually have any finds made of wood?
In my opinion, taking into account the knowledge of medieval crafts, it is entirely justified to believe that they made small wooden stamps too, as the easiest and fastest material to process, widely available. The fact that those made of metal or stone have survived to our times simply proves that they are made of more resistant and durable materials. small wooden tools have worn out or disappeared after a long time. In this case, it would be a far-reaching abuse to say in this case that the little wooden tools for decorating the hides were not used.