DEV-1A8BE2: Post medieval dagger: pommel

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DAGGER

Unique ID: DEV-1A8BE2

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete Medieval-post-Medieval copper-alloy roundel (rondel) dagger pommel (c. 1350- c. 1600).

The object is broadly circular in plan and rectangular in cross section, but it is formed of an elaborate design of eight rounded protruding knops, between which are pairs of raised ribs, which create three grooves. there is a depressed circle in the centre, in the middle of which is the square shaped aperture for attachment. 

Roundel daggers were long and thin with circular pommels and guards useful for stabbing through cloth or armour and were used for attack. They were carried by soldiers and also as probable self defence weapons by merchants. They first appear in the mid-14th century and remain popular into the 16th (Ward Perkins 1940: 42-47).

Although this  example is particularly elaborate, there are parallel examples to be found on the PAS database.These include:  NSM-390B47, NMS-73F2C6, SF-460208 and SF-56C0E

Measurements: 31.1mm diameter, 10.2mm thickness, weight 46.78g..

Class: Pommel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Exactly AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.1 mm
Thickness: 10.2 mm
Weight: 46.78 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st August 2021 - Saturday 5th June 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 019506

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: North Devon (District)
To be known as: Tawstock CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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