LVPL-0E0350: Medieval scabbard chape

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Unique ID: LVPL-0E0350

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy sword or dagger scabbard chape of late Medieval to early Post-Medieval date, (1450-1600). The object has been cast in one piece but is missing its separate (probably sheet copper alloy) backplate.

The object is U-shaped in plan and decorated with a central openwork long-stemmed trefoil. Above there is a horizontal linear moulding and beyond this six openwork holes above which three fleur-de-lis spring. Five more incomplete holes or punched circles can be seen (three on one side and two on the opposite side of the central holes) on the front and rear of the object. The central incomplete hole has been damaged in recent times, possibly due to the plough. At the base of the object is a small rounded knop.

The rear of the object has a mid-green patina and the outer face of the object has been silvered or tinned. A similar example can be found in Ward Perkins, (1940); 87, V for which a late 15th to 16th century date is suggested.

Class: Chape

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.71 mm
Width: 27.51 mm
Thickness: 11.53 mm
Weight: 10.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st November 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Openwork
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Rushton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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