WMID-2DE906: WMID-2DE906: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval: Openwork Scabbard chape

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SCABBARD

Unique ID: WMID-2DE906

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper alloy scabbard chape, of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1450 to AD 1550).

Approximately 50% of the chape is present, consisting only of the front plate. The back plate is missing, presumed lost in antiquity.

The front-piece is cast and terminates in a scallop form. An extended rounded knop is present at the base of the chape. 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.

It measures 37.32 mm in length, 25.67 mm wide and 5.65 mm thick. The metal is 0.97 mm thick. It weighs 6.0 g.

The chape is a dark green colour, with an even surface patina. Two small irregular holes are present, one to either side of the openwork trefoil. These are not intentionally cast and the result of minor damage caused whilst within the plough soil.

Several similar scabbard chapes have been recorded on the PAS Database including NLM-5BA3B1, NMS-A2B7E4, SF-DEF385, LVPL-5FBC24, SWYOR-06F424 and SWYOR-345B11. Similar chapes have been catagorised as a type III, by Ward-Perkins (1993, 285, fig III). Other examples have been published by Bailey (1995, 70). All are considered to be Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval in dating (c. AD 1450 to c. AD 1550).

References:
Bailey, G. 1995. Detector Finds 2. Greenlight Publishing, Witham.
Ward-Perkins, J.B. 1993. London Museum Medieval Catalogue. 1940. Anglia Publishing & Museum of London. Ipswich.

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: 37.32 mm
Width: 25.67 mm
Thickness: 5.65 mm
Weight: 6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 28th September 2012

Rally details.

This object was found at Weekend Wanderers - Letcombe Bassett 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
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: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Vale of White Horse (District)
Parish or ward: Letcombe Bassett (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3686
Four figure Latitude: 51.571726
Four figure longitude: -1.481956
1:25K map: SU3686
1:10K map: SU38NE
WOEID: 26350158
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting on a rally
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: Thursday 20th December 2012
Updated: Friday 4th January 2013

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