SF-355926: Medieval Knife end cap

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KNIFE

Unique ID: SF-355926

Object type certainty: Certain
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The handle end from an incomplete knife of late Medieval to early Post-Medieval date comprising two copper-alloy end plates separated by the corroded remains of an iron knife handle/tang. The end plates are sub-rectangular in form with rounded upper edges, one appearang almost pentagonal, with a mid green patina an extensive post-depositional wear and corrosion. Both have incised borders within which is contained incised decoration contained within incised borders. One plate depicts a central bust of a female figure with long hair wearing robes depicted by linear and geometric lines, her face inclined slightly downwards and to the right. Surrounding the figure are incised motifs of uncertain form. A triangular motif with multiple transverse grooves that resembles a feather/quill is positioned to the right of the figure, with rectangular or trapezoidal motifs to the left of her and incised zig-zag lines above (a crown?). The other plate also carries incised decoration that appears to depict an animal, possibly a rabbit, seated to the left with curved back, curved hind leg, face down and to the left with ears extending towards the back. At the centre of both plates is a copper-alloy rivet with flattened circular heads. The entire object measures 23.83mm in length, 23.84mm in width, 7.10mm in thickness, and weighs 12.75g.

This is the terminal end from a late Medieval to early Post-Medieval knife of probable Flemish/Dutch origin. Similarly decorated knives are noted on the PAS database (e.g. NMS-26BAB5, LON-040088, CAM-C23187, IOW-36C2D6 and CAM-72A031) and in examples exhibited at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in 1979 (Victoria and Albert Museum, 1979: nos. 92-94). The stylised female bust may represent a saint or similar character, while the animal decoration on the opposite side is paralleled in no. 93 from the V&A. Knives such as this were imported into Britain in the late-15th and early-16th centuries AD suggesting a date of between c.1450-1550 AD for the current example.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23.83 mm
Width: 23.84 mm
Thickness: 7.1 mm
Weight: 12.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st December 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Barton Mills

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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