CORN-351D59: scabbard chape

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SCABBARD

Unique ID: CORN-351D59

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast copper alloy sword scabbard chape, that is a waisted keyhole chape in plan, and sub-rectangular in profile and section. The upper edge is serrated, and below this is a raised rectangular frame with a band of openwork in the form of four diamonds with it. The frame is bordered by a transverse ridge with incised oblique lines making it appear like ropework. The lower section of the front plate is circular with radiating ridges from the centre. Below this section is a rounded basal knop. The back plate of the chape is missing and there are taces of black lacquer on the outer face of the chape, where the decoration is raised.

Bailey (1997) illustrates a similar scabbard chape on pages 86-7, which is dated from the 16th century.

Ward Perkins (1993) in the London Museum Medieval Catalogue 1940 illustrates a similar scabbard chape in Plate LXXX, no.12, and also Type III on page 285, fig.87, which is dated from the late 15th to the 16th century.

Read (2001) illustrates a similarly waisted chape with openwork on page 90, fig.58, no.685, which is dated from the late 15th to the 16th century.

Class: chape

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38 mm
Width: 23 mm
Thickness: 5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 23rd November 2014

Rally details.

This object was found at Plymouth Pinpointers at Port Eliot

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Germans (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX3557
Four figure Latitude: 50.38967407
Four figure longitude: -4.32253134
1:25K map: SX3557
1:10K map: SX37NE
WOEID: 26350509
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Woodland
Specific landuse: Parkland

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: Monday 24th November 2014
Updated: Wednesday 8th March 2017

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