WMID-1C2478: WMID-1C2478: Medieval scabbard chape

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Unique ID: WMID-1C2478

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An incomplete cast copper alloy scabbard chape, of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval period (1400 to 1600 AD).

The scabbard chape consists of the thickly cast front piece only. The thinner back plate is not present, presumed lost in antiquity. The chape is broadly U-shaped; the lower edge terminates in a knop. At the attachment end, there is a semi circular moulding within the incurve of the 'U'. Below the moulding, is a large central heart shaped perforation.

The scabbard chape measures 32.19mm in length, 22.08mm wide and 6.65mm thick. It weighs 5.1 grams.

The chape is a dark green colour, with an even surface patina.

Scabbard chapes of this style are typically considered to be Late Medieval / Tudor in date, and typically date from c.1400 AD to c.1600 AD. A similar scabbard chape has been recorded on the PAS database as HAMP-D76207.

Class: chape

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
Length: 32.19 mm
Width: 22.08 mm
Thickness: 6.65 mm
Weight: 5.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 30th October 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Telford and Wrekin (Unitary Authority)
District: Telford and Wrekin (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Chetwynd Aston and Woodcote (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ7517
Four figure Latitude: 52.750033
Four figure longitude: -2.371814
1:25K map: SJ7517
1:10K map: SJ71NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting

References cited

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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