LON-540E79: A Post Medieval copper alloy knife handle, dating to the 17th century.

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Unique ID: LON-540E79

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A post-medieval copper-alloy knife handle, dating to the 17th century. The handle is cast in two separate pieces, soldered down the middle so that it is hollow. Part of the iron whittle tang is still visible inside the hollow of the handle. The handle is rectangular and tapers to the blade end. There is a zoomorphic terminal that appears to be in the form of a lion's head (or some fantastical beast). The handle has recesses which form an enamelled decoration in foliate designs running down the widest sides, which are slightly curved. The enamel is no longer present, but traces remain in the form light grey concretion. The terminal would have also been decorated in enamel, with the eyes and mane/hair containing the same grey concretion. The mane is formed of oval panels with a scrolling design on either side. The head projects at 90 degrees to the handle. The snout is long and irregular shaped, with well-defined muscles. The animal appears to be growling, exposing four canine teeth in the mouth. There is a rounded crest on the top of the head.

Based on similar examples on the database it would appear that this objects dates to the 17th century and is Dutch in origin. However, it is noted with find no. HAMP-AE36D4 that the style of enamelling is more commonly produced in London workshops in the same period. Referred to by Papin and Soulat (2017, 6; note 28).

Dimensions: length: 84.09 mm; width: 24.41 mm; thickness: 15.06 mm; weight: 49.49g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 84.09 mm
Width: 24.41 mm
Thickness: 15.06 mm
Weight: 49.49 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Ben Paites
Identified by: Mr Ben Paites

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Limehouse (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3680
Four figure Latitude: 51.50258022
Four figure longitude: -0.04195915
1:25K map: TQ3680
1:10K map: TQ38SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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