IOW-70FFAE: Post-Medieval: Scale-tang Knife End-cap

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Unique ID: IOW-70FFAE

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete post-Medieval copper-alloy end-cap from a scale-tang knife in the form of a horse hoof (c. 1500-c. 1600).

This end-cap is oval in cross-section throughout its length and curved in side profile. The terminal (foot) is flat with a groove representing the frog and has three circular indentations either side representing nails. There are transverse grooves around the exterior of the object to delineate the lower parts of the horses hoof and fetlock. It has a slot, 10.2mm in length, 1.5mm in width and about 2.4mm in depth. This slot is empty and there is no iron staining present from the missing tang.

This end cap is reddish brown with light green corrosion deposits.

Height: 13.5mm; width: 13.0mm; thickness: 8.4mm. Weight: 5.93g.

The use of a horse's hoof is a common type of design for knife end-caps in the post-Medieval period. Several good examples are found on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. For example, see finds: DOR-53D059; BERK-2F4FE6; HAMP-462E17; HESH-09BCF4; HESH-4F60D7; IOW-55C065; IOW-F17917; IOW-FF9751; LON-3D5421, NLM-D98F94; SF-388A25; SUR-1DCA47; WILT-5D5D95 and YORYM-29A000;

A good excavated parallel from the late 15th - early 16th century has been published (Egan 2005: 93, ref: 398).

Egan, G. 2005. Material Culture in London in an age of transition. MoLAS Monograph 19. Museum of London.

Class: End-cap

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 13.5 mm
Width: 13 mm
Thickness: 8.4 mm
Weight: 5.93 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th February 2018 - Sunday 11th February 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-1-69

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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