Wandsworth Celtic Shield
Product Description for Wandsworth Celtic Shield
Maker: Saign Charlestein (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 91864
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Item weight: 132.80 oz.
Size: Approx 24 inches in diameter
Description: Saign Charlestein is an artist who has worked in the film and entertainment industry making armor, knives and swords since 2002. Saign uses timeless metalsmithing skills to produce the finest quality armor in a variety of different metals including aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, steel, and silver. He uses age old techniques such as raising, planishing, chasing and repousse, and engraving. Saign has designed items for The Chronicles of Riddick, True Blood, Star Wars, Everquest, and Heroes among many other well known movies, TV shows, and video games.
This piece is called "Wandsworth Celtic Shield". It is based on an original on display at the British Museum dating from the 2nd century BC. The original Wandsworth Shield was found off of the river Thames in Wandsworth, England in the 1800's. The artwork on the shield is considered by many as "among the masterpieces of British Celtic art."
This recreation is made from hand-hammered brass. Saign created bold repousse decoration on the shield, reproducing the original artwork. The embellishment is comprised of two birds with outstretched wings and long trailing feathers. A domed boss protrudes in the center. Saign has spent an inordinate amount of time to replicate it, and has done an outstanding job!
The shield has two leather handles attached on the back, for easy and secure holding, if desired. Saign does not recommend using this piece in actual combat, however, but it has been faithfully reproduced. It literally is the closest one could ever get to owning the original. The shield is 24 inches in diameter, 2 inches height at the domed middle, with 1 inch wide leather straps. Saign has sealed this piece in beeswax to help preserve the patina.
A unique and amazing piece!
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days