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The use of Baleen for Arms, Armour and Heraldic Crests in Medieval Britain

  • Ralph Moffat (a1), James Spriggs (a2) and Sonia O'Connor (a3)


The recent identification of whale baleen from a medieval archaeological context in Perth raises the issue of what uses were made of baleen in the medieval period. This note investigates the military uses to which this unusual material was put.



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