Gladius Applique

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Roman Gladius chape pompeii

Location Discovered German Rheinland
Material  Silvered Bronze/ Copper Alloy
Dimensions  5.5cm long x 4.0cm wide
Roman Empire  1st or 2nd Century AD


A separate applique was recently obtained (discovered in Germany) in the shape of a palmette.  A leaf shaped segment with two thin pieces that circle out as stems.  A bronze rivet still remains near the top where it would have attached into the wooden scabbard.  A hint of silvering also remains indicating that at one time it was silver in color.

This applique was a more common design seen on many archeological finds for the pompeii type chape.  It would have adorned the scabbard just above the chape (as in the photo), providing further intricate decorations to the sword. 


-painting by John Warry


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Close up View of Gutteman collection Pompeii chape

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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 114 2002.

(2) References to similar items: COWAN, Ross; Roman Legionary 58 BC- 69 AD, page 28-29 2003.

(3) References to similar items: CONNOLLY, Peter; Greece and Rome at War, page 232 1998.

(4) Reference to similar items: BISHOP, M.C & COULSTON, J.C.N; Roman Military Equipment "From the Punic wars to the Fall of Rome", page 158 2006.

**Note on background. Close up view of the wall of the Colosseum of Pula, Croatia. Picture taken 2014