SUSS-BC0468: Medieval scabbard chape

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Unique ID: SUSS-BC0468

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A corroded and incomplete Medieval copper alloy scabbard chape. The chape is made from a single piece of material that is folded symmetrically along its shorter side. The base of the chape is sub-triangular in plan with long projecting arms on one side that form one side of the chape. The very tops of the arms appear to be missing from old breaks and this may be where rivet holes were originally located. Just in from where the projecting arms meet the top of the base there is a hemisperical cut-out on the edge of both halves of the chape. The base section is decorated on both outwardly facing sides with a series of equally spaced transverse lines. The chape dates from the 13th to 14th century. It measures 44.8mm long, 21.2mm wide narrowing to 11.5mm and weighs 6.70 grams.

Class: chape

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.8 mm
Width: 21.2 mm
Weight: 6.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 21st April 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Liz Walker
Identified by: Mr G Crace

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 Harting

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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