SUSS-1AA852: Medieval - Post Medieval scabbard chape

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SCABBARD

Unique ID: SUSS-1AA852

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy scabbard chape with angled sides, slightly domed front and hollow back. The lower part of the chape has an oval outline with incised radiating lines on the front creating a scallop shell appearence and a rounded knop projecting down at the centre of the lower edge; the upper part is trapizoid, stepping in at the top of the scallop before widening slightly to the top. The top edge is castellated with two incided horizontal lines below. There is a central quatrefoil shaped apeture. The separately soldered back plate is missing. The chape measures 39.8mm long by 29.7mm wide and 4.9mm thick at its widest part. It weighs 9.86 grams.

Ward Perkins (1940:285 Type III) illustrates a similar type with a range of different shaped openwork apetures and sometimes a raised band between the upper and lower parts. He suggests this type was current in the late 15th and 16th centurys (1450-1600 AD).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.8 mm
Width: 29.7 mm
Thickness: 4.9 mm
Weight: 9.86 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 3rd February 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Liz Walker
Identified by: Ms Liz Walker
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
To be known as: Near Arundel

Spatial coordinates


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: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Ward Perkins, J.B. 1940 The London Museum Medieval Catalogue London HMSO 285 Type III

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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