SWYOR-C960B2: Medieval Dagger Guard

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Unique ID: SWYOR-C960B2

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A Medieval cast copper alloy dagger guard or quillon probably dating from 1200 - 1300 AD. It consists of a curving metal strip, at its widest in the centre (10.95mm), where it is 9.8mm thick. Inside this area is a 30.78x4.39mm slot (which would have been for the dagger blade). Either side, the strip narrows as it curves downwards to slightly thicker and bulbous ends. On the lower edge in the centre of the blade slot, the guard has a decorative lobe, pointing downwards. The London Museum Medieval Catalogue discusses quillon daggers and suggests that quillons that droop slightly towards the point are frequently illustrated in mid 13th century sources. Compare also NMS-DA5724, WILT-4581D3 and WMID-AEE185.

Length: 110.37mm; Width: 10.95mm; Thickness: 27.17; Weight 46.33g.


This object was discovered by a friend of the listed finder.

Class: guard

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 110.37 mm
Width: 10.95 mm
Thickness: 27.17 mm
Weight: 46.33 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Mary Blevins
Identified by: Ms Mary Blevins
Secondary identifier: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1457

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
District: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Horbury and South Ossett (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE3019
Four figure Latitude: 53.66662
Four figure longitude: -1.54744
1:25K map: SE3019
1:10K map: SE31NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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