IOW-DC40E2: Medieval to Post-Medieval: Scabbard Chape

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Unique ID: IOW-DC40E2

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete Medieval to post-Medieval copper-alloy scabbard chape (c.1200-c. 1700).

The main part of the chape is made from a single trapezoidal-shaped piece of sheet copper-alloy rolled to form a tapering tube. The seam abuts and may be soldered.
The chape is open at the wider end but is squashed and misshapen. The open end has a crenulated rim consisting of four semi-circular lobes. Each lobe is pierced with a circular hole for rivets or pins. Each hole is about 1.4mm in diameter. The terminal end is in the form of a separate soldered spherical copper-alloy knop which has a diameter of 7.4mm. The knop appears to be solid. Just above the knop, the scabbard is circular in cross-section with a diameter of 4.0mm.

The apparently undecorated surface is reddish brown with green corrosion products and small flecks of a dark green patina.

Length: 79.8mm; width at rim: 14.0mm; maximum thickness: 6.4mm; diameter of knop: 7.4mm. Weight: 7.51g. The weight includes soil within.

Similar scabbard chapes have been recorded on The Portable Antiquities Scheme database. See finds: DEV-F78C68; HAMP-3983B5A; IOW-78EC65; LON-6B44F5; SF10449; SF-22520A and WILT-232E67.

Class: Chape

Subsequent actions

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


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 79.8 mm
Width: 14 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 7.51 g
Diameter: 7.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 14th February 2018 - Wednesday 14th 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: IOW2018-7-39

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

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: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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