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Record ID: PAS-2F5E63
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A broken and incomplete copper-alloy scabbard chape of medieval date, missing its side arms which would have been connected to each other via a perforated terminal loop. The fitting is zoomorphic, representing a winged animal in profile, probably a bird, whose head is at the arm end of the base plate. It was formed from a single plate that has been folded in half. The animal's tail is at the bend. The ends of the plate have been riveted together and are in the shape of the animal's head; the rivet survives and appears to have been made of a different alloy. There is a sub-triangular p…
Created on: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage St. Michael CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-0496BC
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Medieval to Post-Medieval sheet copper alloy dagger scabbard chape dating to c. AD 1300-1600. This example is made from a copper alloy sheet, about 0.75mm thick, that has been rolled into a broadly conical shape with an overlapping, soldered join on the reverse. The terminal of the chape is open, with a slightly projecting knop. The chape is decorated with three longitudinal incised lines, with two sub-lozengiform sewing loops at the attachment end. Dimensions: length 30.08mm; width 17.46mm; weight 5.09g (NB this includes soil which completely fills the item currently). …
Created on: Monday 5th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DOR-7202CB
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy openwork fitting, probably a scabbard chape. It is rectangular with decoration on the front face. At the right hand side the vertical edge curves around to project backwards. This probably indicates that the chape was folded over with the plate extending along the back. There are two circular attachment holes: one in the centre of the straight lower edge, the other in the corner without the folded side. The upper edge is irregular. The openwork apertures and surface decoration of lines and dots delineate a zoomorphic design of a four-legged beast facing right…
Created on: Wednesday 18th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-044202
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper-alloy scabbard chape. The chape is thin, probably cut and moulded sheet. The lower part is sub- triangular in plan with a squared off point. The front is flat with a prominent moulded raised rib running down the centre to the tip. The upper corners are bent backwards at right angles to the front. The triangular plate is decorated with regularly spaced incised diagonal lines running down the rib.To each side of the rib, symmetrically arranged a third and two thirds of the way down, are two groups of closely spaced lines of rocker arm (wrigglework) decoration, up to four…
Created on: Tuesday 30th January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 24th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitchurch Canonicorum CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-BD9AED
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy bag-shaped chape. The chape is crescentic with an oval opening at the top, concave sides, a rounded, slightly flared bottom, and a perforation in each face. Each of there retains a small circular sectioned, domed rivet.There is a slight lip around the edges of the opening. Around the perforations the chape is decorated with a series of closely spaced moulded concentric circles (approximately ten on each face). The surface is corrodded in some areas, but is otherwise smooth with a greyish patina. Date: Late Bronze Age - c. 950 - 800 BC Dimensions: 36.16 mm x 16.94 mm
Created on: Friday 18th March 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 12th April 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-A779A2
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A gilded copper alloy pyramidal mount with probable niello inlay. A hollow pryamidal mount with an attachment bar across the base. The sides retain traces of gilding. At the apex is a sub-circular piece of niello inlay. The bar has a sub-square cross section. No decoration is visible on the exterior. The interior is partially obscured by concreted soil. Date: Middle to Late Early Medieval c. 700 - 1000 Dimensions: 18.85 mm x 17.19 mm x 17.44 mm, 2.61 mm wall thickness. Weight:10.53 g
Created on: Wednesday 24th June 2015
Last updated: Saturday 18th June 2016
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Record ID: DOR-B431B2
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A silver scabbard chape. A tapering, blunted triangular chape of composite construction. It comprises a tapering tube of sheet metal forming the chamber of the chape. with three applied longitudinal ribs (one along the centre and one along both angled sides), a horizontal crenellated and ribbed strip at the top on the front, a ribbed horizontal strip at the top on the rear, a ribbed oval framing strip around the base and an irregular (soldered?) infill at the base to seal the chape. The three applied ridges each have two ribbed collars (three ribs) set about a third of the way in from…
Created on: Thursday 7th May 2015
Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Owermoigne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-E105ED
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy early medieval pyramid shaped mount, possibly from a scabbard, dating to the period c. AD 580 - 650. The mount is in the form of a blunt topped pyramid with a square recess in the top, probably for a paste or stone setting. Each of the four faces are decorated with a design of two solid lozenges side by side, each surrounded with a concentric groove border, followed by a concentric ridge border. The area around is divided into a series of recessed triangles which may have contained enamel or other inlay. The reverse is hollow with an integral bar for strap attachment ac…
Created on: Thursday 20th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 5th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wimborne St Giles', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-6844E1
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A tinned copper alloy Bronze Age tongue-shaped scabbard chape dating to the period c. 1100 - 800BC. The chape is triangular in shape with a sub-ovular knop at the base. The mouth of the chape is lozengiform. The triangular body features a circular perforation through both sides of the body which retains a cylindrical copper alloy rivet, the terminals of which retain a substantial amount of tinning. The knop at the base features a rough sub-circular perforation as the result of old damage. The chape is hollow with a depth of c. 33.31mm. Cf. SWYOR-4A2F62 for a similar example.
Created on: Thursday 9th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 11th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winborne St Giles', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-A7E806
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: An incomplete silver pyramidal scabbard mount with worn edges. The mount is hollow and almost square in cross-section, with a base measuring 13.5 x 14.6mm; a broken integral attachment bar runs across from the centre of one of the longer edges to its opposite. The breaks are not particularly worn. The sides rise to a small flat square-topped apex on which is a recess inlaid with a chequerboard design of millefiori glass. The design of the millefiori is a central dark (blue or black) square surrounded by a cross of four white squares with further dark squares in the corner…
Created on: Tuesday 14th February 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 11th March 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hinton St Mary', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-33CE11
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast, copper alloy scabbard chape. This would have had a separate back plate. It has a scalloped top edge . The upper part is rectangular with two attachment holes flanking a harp-shaped central hole (the attachement hole on the right is larger than that on the left and there is a tear through it and in the metal above it). There is a transverse ridge decorated with incised diagonal lines delineating the base of thei rectangular section. The lower part widens out into a rounded, semi-circular shape. This part is decorated with radiating grooves and ridges. There are two holes in the up…
Created on: Monday 16th April 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Dorchester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-F381A4
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A gold strap fitting from a scabbard or sword-belt, set with cloisonnĂ© garnet and opaque pale blue glass over pointillĂ© gold foil. The strap mount is in the form of a truncated pyramid with squared-off edges. The top and the lower edge of one side of the fitting are damaged and the cell work is slightly distorted. The surface is also partially covered with earth making it sometimes difficult to assess if cells are empty or not. However it is clear that some of the garnet and blue glass inlays are missing while others have slipped sideways into the cells. Each face is filled with an …
Created on: Monday 7th November 2005
Last updated: Wednesday 13th November 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dorchester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-DB17F7
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Large copper alloy chape. A u-shaped chape with a small, solid cast u-shaped projection at the tip. The chape flares slightly towards the top. About a third of the object has been broken off. The front is decorated with incised pairs of diagonal lines. Possibly a sword scabbard chape. Domed front and hollow back. Broken and incomplete.
Created on: Thursday 24th February 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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