SOM-60F39B: Possible knife cap

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Unique ID: SOM-60F39B

Object type certainty: Certain
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A domed, gilded, cast copper alloy object, possibly a dagger or knife pommel of probable medieval or early post-medieval date, about AD1300 - 1700. The piece is circular in outline and highly domed with angled sides and rounded top. The sides have extensive remains of gilding. The concave back is entirely filled with iron corrosion apart from a small rectangular slot that runs through the corrosion and appears to hold remains of a grained iron substance, either wrought iron or organic material filled with iron corrosion. The copper alloy dome is 19.1mm in diameter, 11.0mm tall and 2.0mm to 2.6 thick at the base. The slot through the iron corrosion is 3.6mm by 2.1mm and 3.0mm deep. The entire piece weighs 6.60g.

Due to the incomplete nature it is hard to parallel this object exactly. While large gilded domed copper alloy heads on rivets are known from early-medieval buckle plates the size and iron corrosion makes this identification less likely. The slot containing the iron appears similar to those seen on ends for whittle tang knives and swords, such as SWYOR-E6C685, a knife form ubiquitous until the 14th century and still produced after that date. However other uses such as a stud cannot be fully ruled out.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 11 mm
Weight: 6.6 g
Diameter: 19.1 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 17731

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Exeter (District)
Parish or ward: Pennsylvania (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX9295
Four figure Latitude: 50.74452953
Four figure longitude: -3.53209416
1:25K map: SX9295
1:10K map: SX95NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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