WMID-7D59A1: Early Post medieval: Incomplete dagger

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Unique ID: WMID-7D59A1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete forged iron dagger, of probable Early Post Medieval dating (15th to 16th Centuries AD).

Around 50% of the dagger is present, consisting of most of the blade, the quillon and part of the tang. The rest of the tang and the tip of the blade are missing, presumed lost in antiquity.

The tang is rectangular in cross section. The blade is lozenge shaped in cross section. The blade gradually tapers downwards the tip. The quillon (guard) consists of a sub oval base, with two downward curving arms, one to either side. The arms terminate in an onion shaped rounded knop.

It measures 169.0 mm in length, 78.3 mm wide and 20.3 mm thick. The tang is 15.6 mm wide and 3.9 mm thick. The blade has a max width of 35.4 mm and a min width of 20.9 mm (where the tip has broken off). The blade varies in thickness from 10.0 mm near the top to 7.1 mm at the break. The quillon measures 42.2 mm in length, 78.3 mm wide and 20.6 mm thick. It weighs 180.3 g.

The dagger is a mid brown colour. The surface of the dagger is covered with a layer of stable iron corrosion (rust).

A quillon with similar terminals has been recorded on the PAS database as NMS-37B248 and has been dated to the 16th Century.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 169 mm
Width: 78.3 mm
Thickness: 20.3 mm
Weight: 180.3 g

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Stafford (District)
Parish or ward: Stowe-by-Chartley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9929
Four figure Latitude: 52.85848908
Four figure longitude: -2.01629518
1:25K map: SJ9929
1:10K map: SJ92NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching with a metal detector

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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