WAW-008626: Medieval copper-alloy chape

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SCABBARD

Unique ID: WAW-008626

Object type certainty: Certain
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A worn and incomplete two-piece copper-alloy dagger scabbard chape. The front-piece is cast and terminates in a scallop form. The grooves and ridges which create the effect of the shell radiate out from a recessed openwork trefoil. Immediately above this perforation is a transverse ridge featuring irregular diagonal incisions, above which is a central, heart-shaped aperture. Above this latter is a transverse incisions, above which a crenellated top . There is a small break between the two. The sheet backplate is considerably thinner than the front-piece. On this example it is soldered in situ in places, but largely corroded and lost. In its form the chape has similarities with examples illustrated in Ward Perkins (1993, 285; fig. III), Cuddeford (1994, 40; fig. 76) and Bailey (1995, 70). Such parallels suggest a late fifteenth- or sixteenth-century date for this artefact. On many of these examples the front-piece has a rounded knop terminal below the scallop. This artefact is now a mid/dark-green colour with some blemishes.

The chape is 41.2mm in length, 30.9mm in width, 5.6mm thick and weighs 8.0 grams.

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 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.2 mm
Width: 30.9 mm
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Weight: 8 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Richard Henry
Identified by: Mr Richard Henry

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 4329

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Warwick (District)
Parish or ward: Beausale, Haseley, Honiley and Wroxall (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2271
Four figure Latitude: 52.336647
Four figure longitude: -1.678541
1:25K map: SP2271
1:10K map: SP27SW
WOEID: 26345960
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: Wednesday 25th January 2012
Updated: Wednesday 25th January 2012

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