ESS-28F6B0: ESS-28F6B0 medieval knife or dagger guard (fragment)

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Unique ID: ESS-28F6B0

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Medieval cast copper alloy object in the form of a scallop shell. It is semi-circular and flat, with four grooves radiating out on the upper surface to represent the divisions of the shell. The reverse of the mount has a damaged and incomplete projecting arm extending at a right angle from the flat edge of the scallop. It is 22.58mm long, 26.65mm wide, 2.85mm thick. The arm has a rectangular cross section, measuring 6.80mm by 5.97mm. The mount weighs 10.5 g. It is probably a side projection from a knife or dagger guard; for more complete examples, see SUSS-502085, LEIC-7E3373, LVPL-37ABE2, etc. Late medieval or early post-medieval, 15th or 16th century.

Class: quillon

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 10.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 23rd February 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Chelmsford 5765

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Epping Forest (District)
Parish or ward: Matching (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL5112
Four figure Latitude: 51.786287
Four figure longitude: 0.187794
1:25K map: TL5112
1:10K map: TL51SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 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: ESS
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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