WMID-3EB9DA: Post Medieval: Probable knife terminal

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Unique ID: WMID-3EB9DA

Object type certainty: Probably
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An incomplete copper alloy and iron terminal, probably from a knife, probably of Post Medieval dating (AD 1500 to AD 1800).

The copper alloy part consists of two sub rectangular sheets of metal on either side of an iron tang, held together by one circular sectioned copper alloy rivet. No decoration is present on either sheet of copper alloy metal. Due to corrosion products on the iron tang, it is hard to determine the original shape, but it probably had a square terminal.

The copper alloy sheets measure 21.3 mm in length and 18.6 mm wide. The whole artefact measures 35.4 mm in length, 18.6 mm wide (maximum), 15.0 mm wide (minimum) and 9.2 mm thick. It weighs 10.9 g.

The copper alloy is a dark green colour, and the iron tang is a mid brown colour, covered with corrosion products.

It is probable that this artefact is a plain knife end cap, from a scale tang knife, of Post Medieval dating (AD 1500 to AD 1800). No direct parallel to this artefact has been found at the time of recording.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.4 mm
Width: 18.6 mm
Thickness: 9.2 mm
Weight: 10.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 11th February 2017 - Saturday 11th February 2017

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
Parish or ward: Astley and Dunley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7867
Four figure Latitude: 52.3006771
Four figure longitude: -2.32404231
1:25K map: SO7867
1:10K map: SO76NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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