HESH-E7D821: Medieval whittle tanged iron knife blade, 14th century (1300-1400AD)

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Forged iron whittle tanged knife blade of probable 14th century date.

The Knife blade is sub-triangular in plan with a straight back and sloped shoulder. The cutting edge tapers to a point. The blade is triangular in cross section and is 140mm long, 23.5mm wide (at the base of the blade nearest the tang), and 9mm thick. The whittle tang of the knife is broken and is therefore only 23mm long and 11.2mm wide.

The whole knife is encased in a mid-orange / brown encrusted corrosion layer. The cutting edge of the blade has been chipped in several places and the black iron layer below is visible. There is also damage to the rear of the blade (closest to the tang)where a large portion of the cutting edge has broken. Again the black coloured iron below is clearly visible and therefore all this damage should be treated as recent or post deposition. However, the broken tang is encrusted with corrsion suggesting that this break occured prior to deposition.

A similar example to this knife can be seen in Cowgill, Neergaard,and Griffiths, 1987: Knives and Scabbards. pp 88-89, catalogue number 85 and has been dated to the late 14th century (1350-1400)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 163 mm
Width: 23.5 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Weight: 59.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 11th February 2004

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Wrought

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Wheathill (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO6081
Four figure Latitude: 52.425513
Four figure longitude: -2.589667
1:25K map: SO6081
1:10K map: SO68SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Cowgill, J., de Neergaard, M. and Griffiths, N. 1987 Knives and Scabbards: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London HMSO 88-89 85

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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