SWYOR-2B73A3: Dagger guard; medieval or post medieval

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Unique ID: SWYOR-2B73A3

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A copper alloy Medieval or early post medieval dagger guard. The guard is sub-triangular with rounded corners. There is an sub-rectangular perforation through the centre where the tang of the handle would be attached, and the hole widens on the flat side for the dagger blade to fit. The guard has minimal decoration, with only a groove running along the flat edge all the way around. There is a light green patina over most of the guard and it is in fairly good condition. No close published parallel has been found, but there is a similar example on the database (PAS record NCL-DF2D24), and further examples can be seen on page 39 of the London Museum Medieval Catalogue (Ward Perkins 1940).

Class: guard


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 54.5 mm
Width: 12.7 mm
Thickness: 7.8 mm
Weight: 23.22 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 19th May 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Mr Stuart Ward

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Sheffield (Metropolitan District)
District: Sheffield (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Bradfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK2496
Four figure Latitude: 53.460206
Four figure longitude: -1.640002
1:25K map: SK2496
1:10K map: SK29NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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