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Why does Essex badge have scimitar swords on?


essexThe county badge of Essex is three scimitar swords. Why? They are Middle-Eastern origin.
George, Basildon


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Name: Barry, Barnhurst
Qualification: Essex boy
Answer: They are not actually scimitars. It is a seax - one of the favourite weapons of the Saxons - like a big bowie knife. It's a single-edged knife. The stylised version on the Essex badge makes it look like a scimitar. As Essex is the kingdom of the East Saxons, that's what it signifies.
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