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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
    • Object type: RAPIER

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Record ID: NMS-FD586A
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
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Fragment of the proximal end (partial butt and constriction for the blade) of a Group III rapier (Burgess,C. B and Gerloff, S,1981), with well defined triple arris to the blade, the central ridge flattens out as it reaches the handle, there is a faint wear impression of the omega shaped handle on the surface, the position of the rivet holes for the handle are not visible and the elongated, thin blade (possibly sub-type Lissane? although the blade is rather thin) is largely missing, The main surface of the rapier is patinated dark glossy brown (water patina?) and all the recently damage…
Created on: Tuesday 11th December 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th December 2018
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Record ID: BERK-3E8051
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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Fragment of a copper-alloy cast blade, possibly from a rapier. The blade point is Bronze Age in date, though not enough of the artefact remains to more precisely date it to within this period. The item is an elongated triangular shape, with a narrowed end. There is a central midrib.
Created on: Tuesday 20th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 25th December 2018
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Record ID: CORN-0A6EBC
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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Fragment of a cast copper alloy narrow rapier, rectangular in plan and lozenge-shaped in profile and section, with a raised broad mid-rib on both faces. The surface is heavily pitted and corroded on one side so that less of the dark brown patina survives. The cutting edges of the fragment are also jagged and damaged. The fragment dates from the Middle Bronze Age, but to be sure of its date, it will need more metallurgical analysis. Rohl and Needham (1998) illustrate some similar rapiers with broad mid-ribs on p.132, fig.34, nos.189-190, which are Group IV rapiers, and date from the Pe…
Created on: Saturday 17th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 19th November 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-99875D
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
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A worn copper alloy fragment of a Middle Bronze Age (1500-1000 BC) blade hilt, probably from a rapier and probably of Burgess & Gerloff's (1981) Group IV. It has a lozengiform cross-section at the break across the blade (measuring 13.1x2.5mm) and an apparently broad, flat mid-rib. It expands to 18.3mm wide (and 2.4mm thick) just below the notched or worn-through rivet roles in the hilt, the central section being T-shaped with a convex cross-bar (12.9mm wide and 1.1mm thick).The surface of the object is badly pitted with no original patina surviving. The metal is a very dark brown i…
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 20th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Micheldever', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-E9D105
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a copper alloy rapierblade, 1500-800 BC. A section of straight-sided double-edged blade with a low oval cross section. The surface is pitted and corroded and has an even green patina. It has a wide mid rib. Date: Bronze Age - c. 1500 - 1200 BC Length: 40.16 mm Width: 16.86 mm Thickness: 3.95 mm Weight: 12.38 g The piece could be a fragment of a Bronze Age rapier, representing the sword blade just below the tip. The size and condition of the fragment make further identification difficult.
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Saturday 10th November 2018
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Record ID: WAW-898181
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
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Bronze Age (-1000 to -800) blade fragment: The cast copper alloy blade fragment is an elongated triangle with a broken lower edge. The break is probably quite recent. In cross-section the blade tip has a sub-lozenge shape, but on each face there is a subtle central thickened area, with slightly angled edges, which then again the edges are tapered at a different angle. The edges of the blade are abraded and not the original edge. The surface of the blade has an incomplete dark brown shiny patina. It measures 41.53mm long, 17.83mm wide, 3.53mm thick and weighs 6.04 grams. It…
Created on: Friday 12th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 12th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cotesbach', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-6194BC
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
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The tip of a cast copper alloy blade, probably a rapier of Middle Bronze Age date (1600-1000 BC). The surviving fragment is sub-triangular in shape with the edges near the tip being concave. It has a broad central rib 6.2mm wide at the old, worn break narrowing to 2.0mm wide at the tip, which is rounded. The cross-section is pointed oval or lenticular, with a slight flattening to either side of the midrib on both faces. The metal is a mid-green in colour with a smooth and shiny patina. The fragment is 31.6mm long and 12.4mm wide. It narrows from 3.2mm thick at the central rib to c.0.…
Created on: Wednesday 10th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 12th January 2018
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Record ID: ASHM-370D2F
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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The extreme tip of a Middle to Late Bronze Age copper-alloy rapier or sword with a lentoid cross section. c. 1500-800 BC.
Created on: Monday 8th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Childrey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-5B33A7
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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A copper alloy rapier dating from the Middle to Late Bronze Age (c. 1400 - 1100 BC). The rapier is of the notched-butt type having a butt that is trapezoid in form with shoulders that curve inwards to the narrow blade. Two rivet holes through the butt show how the blade was secured into a wooden or bone handle; one of the notches still retains its copper alloy rivet which is cylindrical with an expanded domed head at either terminal. The blade is mostly straight and only tapers towards the point. A prominant midrib can be seen down the length of the blade, which has been bent in…
Created on: Friday 10th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 10th November 2017
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Record ID: HESH-B82EBA
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Telford and Wrekin
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An incomplete fragment from a much eroded cast bronze (copper alloy) rapier or dirk of Middle Bronze Age date (1500-1150 BC). The fragment consists of just the tip of the blade and is heavily eroded having been much rolled in the ploughsoil, The blade fragment has a high median ridge / mid-rib and distinctive lozenge / diamond shaped section at the break; both these characteristics are diagnostic of rapiers and dirks being thought to be used for short sharp lunging, thrusting, or stabbing rather than cutting. The cutting edges have all been lost near the break and are distorted by plo…
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ercall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-2A928E
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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A incomplete cast copper-alloy rapier. At the butt is a small, narrowed tang with a rounded end. It does not appear to be broken. The blade is expanded from the hilt with angled shoulders and tapers towards the bent and broken opposite end. It has a lenticular profile and a low mid-rib on both faces. It has possibly been deliberately broken in antiquity. Date: Bronze Age c. 1600 - 1000 BC Dimensions: 141.65 mm x 19.68 mm x 4.05 mm Weight: 60.86 g
Created on: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-FF125F
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
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Mid to Late Bronze Age copper alloy fragment probably a broken rapier or dagger dating 1500 - 1000BC. The object is triangular in form and an oval in cross section. It represents the damaged tip of a spear head. It has a narrow central rib with adjacent channels which has a circular cross section and tapers towards the point. The blades which are damaged taper in width towards the point. Rapiers are really long and have a slim blade and the shoulders and hilt, have broken off Similar to GLO-7EFE1A and WILT-471861 on the database. The length is 143mm, the width is 38mm thickness 20mm …
Created on: Tuesday 13th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th July 2017
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Record ID: SUR-921E66
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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The extreme tip of a Middle to Late Bronze Age copper-alloy rapier or sword.
Created on: Saturday 27th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 20th July 2017
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Record ID: WILT-048851
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy rapier of Middle to Late Bronze Age date, c BC1400-800. The fragment consists of 46.41mm length of blade. It is damaged on both edges and there are early breaks at each end. It is 11.85mm in width at one end and 12.70mm at the other. The rapier blade is nearly flat in cross section (2.13mm thick) but there is some tapering towards the edges so it has a slightly elliptical cross section. It weighs 6.25g. It has a dark green patina and a heavily pitted surface.
Created on: Monday 8th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 14th June 2017
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Record ID: HAMP-4E8C83
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: City of Southampton
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An almost complete cast copper alloy Middle Bronze Age rapier. The butt is incomplete and damaged which makes the original shape difficult to determine. Two C-shaped incomplete rivet holes or notches lie in the upper part of the butt, which is where the handle would have been attached. The notches are spaced approximately 24.82 mm apart. Slight shadow (shallowing of the metal) of the handle is visible just under the rivet holes extending centrally to the top of the break. This widest point (49.52 mm) is at the shoulders. The blade extends c. 290 mm from the base of the butt and is ap…
Created on: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Last updated: Friday 28th April 2017
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Record ID: BERK-AE6C24
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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A fragment of a Middle Bronze Age copper alloy rapier. The fragment comprises the lower part of the blade and the tip. It has a prominent mid rib, straight truncation at break and slightly pitted edges. Middle Bronze Age date, c. 1550-1150 BC. Length 67.25mm; Extra measurements; width - top 11.79mm, 8.79 at the end. Thickness; 3.26 at end, 3.56 at the break.
Created on: Saturday 4th March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 27th April 2017
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Record ID: BERK-B0BBE1
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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The tip of the blade of a cast copper alloy rapier of Middle to Late Bronze Age date, c. 1400-800 BC. The fragment consists of the end of the blade and is 71.3mm in length. The very tip of the blade is broken and missing and there is some bending to either end of the object, probably post-depostional. The rapier blade is nearly flat in cross section however there is a faint mid-rib that runs the length of the blade but is non-perceptatble in cross section. There is old damage to all edges.
Created on: Tuesday 15th November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 1st December 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-DBE3D3
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle to Late Bronze Age bronze rapier of Group IV and possibly of Type Appleby, variant Lakenheath (as defined by Burgess & Gerloff 1981, p. 74-6) but possibly with a reworked butt and of Penard metalworking Industry The rapier is near-complete, with some damage to the shoulders and butt (with an overall length of 328mm and a weight of 94.3g). The butt end is arched and rounded (with a width of 20.3mm and a thickness of 1.6mm) with two side notches to accommodate rivets beneath (with a depth of 3.5mm and 2.8mm, giving a minimum width of 14.3mm at 10mm beneath the top of the butt). …
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 5th October 2017
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Record ID: WILT-9D21F1
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper alloy cast Bronze Age blade, possibly a rapier, dating to the period 1500-1200 BC. The fragment is rectangular shape in plan, lozenge-shaped in cross section and has straight edges. The upper edge of the blade narrows slightly and has rounded corners. On the centre of the blade is a 5.94mm ridge. The blade is covered with a green patina and measures 55.23mm in length, 17.10mm in width, 4.68mm in thick and weights 18.13g. Similar blades are recorded on PAS database as SUR-750511 and NLM-9DE2F3, both dating to Middle Bronze Age.
Created on: Wednesday 4th May 2016
Last updated: Monday 16th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Salisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-88E367
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy mid to late Bronze Age rapier (or possibly a spear) dating to c 1500-800 BC. The object comprises only the tip and a short section of the blade. The fragment comprises the triangular end of the blade. In cross section, the blade is lozengiform in shape with each flat side of the blade rising to a ridge in the centre which runs to the point. The break at the end if old and the ridges are in good condition. The edges of the blade are blunt and jagged, possibly through corrosion or perhaps through striking to blunt the blade. The fragment weighs 28.97g and meas…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 12th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ashbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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