Three strap sling
'Distributor ring' three strap system
The system of three straps joined together by a distributor ring is well documented in manuscripts and archaeological evidence, especially 10th century Hiberno-Norse finds from the Isle of Man. It seems to have been in use in Scandinavia from the late 9th century. There were three main uses:
- to connect the reins to a horse's bridle;
- as a decoration on a waist belt to hang a pouch;
- as a slinging system for a sword scabbard.
Further information is available on the three strap sling.
Credits: with thanks to Russell Scott.