HESH-934212: Medieval: Scabbard Chape

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SCABBARD

Unique ID: HESH-934212

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper alloy scabbard chape of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval Dating (Late 15th to 16th Centuries AD).

The chape is broadly an irregular U shape in plan and irregular in cross section. The front consists of a semi oval shape, with a central longtitudinal rib. The back retains traces of a cast ridge, following the external edge, probably for attachment of a back piece.

It is a mid green colour, with an uneven surface patina. Abrasion has resulted in the loss of surface detail and decoration, although a couple of areas appear to retain a small amount of silvering / tinning, suggestive of a surface treatment.

It measures 22.22mm in length, 24.42mm wide and 5.40mm thick. It weighs 3.5 grams.

The shape and style of the scabbard chape is suggestive of a two piece decorative chape, of Late 15th century to 16th Century dating. It would be comprised of an ornate decorated front, with a plain back attached to it, around the base of the leather scabbard. The fragment present here, is most likely from the frontal lower half of a chape, either a Ward Perkins type II or V (1940, p285, fig 87).

Reference:

Ward Perkins, J.B. (1940) Medieval Catalogue. London Museum. Her Majesty's Stationary Office. London.

Class: Chape

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 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.22 mm
Width: 24.42 mm
Thickness: 5.4 mm
Weight: 3.5 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
Parish or ward: Spaxton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2539
Four figure Latitude: 51.14533022
Four figure longitude: -3.07355316
1:25K map: ST2539
1:10K map: ST23NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found at Spaxton Rally, Somerset

References cited

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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