NMGW-AFBAB3: Late Medival tin alloy Chape

Rights Holder: Mark Lodwick
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Object type certainty: Certain
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Late medieval to early post-medieval lead-tin alloy chape, probably from a dagger scabbard. The cast chape is incomplete, eroded at the mouth (with a length of 27.2mm and a weight of 4.5g). The mouth is somewhat misshapen and would originally have been D-shaped to sub-oval (17.3mm x 13.0mm with a wall thickness of 0.7mm). There is some damage below the mouth, probably incorporating a damaged rivet attachment hole. The surface is corroded masking the decoration but a rib is discernible below the mouth, possibly flanked by grooves above and below. Any other decoration is uncertain, there is the suggestion of a scroll running along one side and if correct, would suggest a post-medieval date for the chape. The sides are straight and gradually convergent to the gently rounded base. The surface has corroded mid to dark-grey.

Class: chape

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.2 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 4.5 g
Diameter: 17.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 12th August 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Mark Lodwick
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2015.1.3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Tin or tin alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
District: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: off the upland

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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