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Unique ID: LVPL-878373

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A Medieval to Post-Medieval copper alloy dagger pommel and quillion probably dating from AD 1450 - 1600.

The pommel has a convex circular top divided by deep V-sectioned radiating grooves into a sexfoil. The reverse of the pommel is also convex, but has a large central aperture. There is a sub-rectangular hole for the tang in the centre of the upper face. The pommel has a thin dark green patina. It is 30mm in diameter, 15mm in height and weighs 34.7g. The remains of gilding can be seen on the top of the object.

Matching examples of this sword pommel have been recorded on the PAS database. Compare LEIC-158DA1, NMS-31EB60, NMS-0C90A0 and NMS-2482D4. They have all been attributed to the late 15th or 16th century. However, also see LANCUM-9BBEE0 and LVPL-5427A6 which have had a broad Medieval date suggested. Though there are no exact parallels, the general style of swords and daggers in Holmes (ed) (2006) Weapons; A Visual History of Arms and Armour suggests that the later date is more likely for this example.

The dagger quillion is from a single-bladed dagger, probably dating to the 15th - 16th century. The object's central section is rectangular in plan with an elongated trapezoidal hole to receive the tang of the dagger. The arms are circular in cross-section with a decorative twist at each end.

The object measures 89mm in width, 28mm in height and weighs 46.9g.

A similar quillon guard may be found in the Medieval Catalogue (Ward-Perkins, J.B. 1940 London Museum: Medieval Catalogue London), page 39, plate VI, number 1 dating to the 15th to 16thcenturies.

Class: Pommel and Quillion

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: 2

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st February 2015 - Saturday 28th February 2015

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Somerford Booths

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
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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