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Record ID: SF-914919
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
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A complete cast copper-alloy sword or dagger chape of probable late Medieval to early Post-Medieval date, c. 1450-1550. The chape is sub-triangular in plan, with tapering sides and a rounded base. Formed from a single piece of sheet metal folded around on itself and subsequently squashed flat in post depositional damage, its upper edge is widely scalloped, with a central cut-out trefoil flanked by two small circular apertures visible at the apex of one face. Aside from traces of a white-metal coating covering its surfaces, not other decoration is visible. Preserved in fair condition wi…
Created on: Tuesday 18th December 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Halesworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-8E8781
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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Medieval copper alloy dagger chape. 37mm in length, 20mm wide and 6mm thick with a weight of 17.46grams. The chape is crescentric in form with a rectangular cross section and a recessed reverse. It has an undulating upper edge formed of two semi-circular depressions wither side of a small rectangular projection. Running down the centre of the front face is a decorative linear depression.
Created on: Tuesday 18th December 2018
Last updated: Friday 11th January 2019
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Record ID: DOR-9C16CD
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A chape formed of a sheet of copper alloy folded to form a hollow, flattened tube. The sheet overlaps at one side. Pressed to an almost closed point at one end. The open edge has V-shaped cut into it for decoration on both sides.Reference: Read 2001, p. 94 no.671 Date: Medieval to Post Medieval - c. 1300 - 1600 Dimensions: 28.55 mm x 15.06 mm x 5.55 mm Weight: 2.61 g Read comments that styles and shapes being so similar, it is difficult to tell whether detached scabbard chapes belonged to swords or daggers.
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bradford Peverell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-5EF702
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
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A complete medieval copper alloy lace chape dating from c. AD 1270-1350. The chape consists of a sheet of copper alloy wrapped into a conical shape, however there is no visible join. The wide end is a rounded rectangular shape, and open. Near this edge on either long edge is a circular perforation. The narrow end is circular in shape, and open. Part of the narrow open end has been slightly bent inwards. The chape is a dark green colour, with a light green surface covering with is shiny. The lace chape measures 23.8mm in length,7.8mm in width, 5.6mm in thickness and weighs 1.29g. A sim…
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2018
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
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Record ID: SUR-F62695
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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Post Medieval chape or terminal fitting, 23.6mm in length. The chape is manufactured from copper alloy sheet, has a flat tip 7.2mm in diameter and the open end is crushed. There is a single incised line running around below the open end, but no obvious seams. Possibly from a narrow-pointed dagger scabbard.
Created on: Monday 17th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 25th September 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-D69C18
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An incomplete copper-alloy knife or dagger scabbard chape of late medieval to Post-Medieval date, c.AD 1400 - 1600. The chape is formed from a single sheet of copper-alloy, now distorted, which will have been rolled into a tapered cylindrical form. The closed tip has been lost to old worn breaks and the open attachment end is crenelated. Two rivet holes can be determined to one side of the open end. The body of the chape is decorated with incised geometric designs featuring a double banded border to the open end with cross-hatching below. The metal has a mid-green patina and is worn…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 30th August 2018
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Record ID: HESH-611EE4
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
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Front plate of a cast copper alloy composite dagger chape of probable late medieval or early post-medieval date (1400 -1600). The chape is sub-rectangular in plan and in profile. The two long sides taper along the length terminating in a rounded globular base with a small projecting rounded knop at the base. The top of the chape is broken whilst the rear has a recessed lip to which the back plate would attach. This rear plate is lost. The front face of the chape is decorated with a number of cast motifs. These are all raised above the surface of the chape and have thus been more seriou…
Created on: Wednesday 11th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 30th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Albrighton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-B5F0BA
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete copper alloy Scabbard Chape of Medieval to Post Medieval date (AD 1400-1600). The object is a shield-shape. The upper portion of the plate is broken with old braded breaks. There is a short rounded knop at the tip. The separately-attached plate which covered the back represented only in a small fragment separated from the front plate. The metal is a dark brown in colour with areas of pitted green corrosion. Length: 43.60mm, Width: 23.41mm, Thickness: 1.21mm, Weight: 5.3g.
Created on: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-03A532
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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An incomplete medieval or post-medieval copper alloy fragment of a scabbard chape end. Circa AD.1450-1650. The chape is conical but has been compflattened, and has a broken edge on the non-knop end. It is made from copper alloy sheet that has been rolled to form a cone. The tip of the cone is surmounted by a collared sub-spherical knop, the collar running close to where the knop is attached to the sheet. Similar to a complete example PUBLIC COC476 Total length including knop is 16.6mm, weight 2.28g. Broken end width is 6.7mm x 13mm, tapering to 5.7mm diameter at the knop joint. The kn…
Created on: Friday 23rd February 2018
Last updated: Friday 27th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wainfleet St Mary', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-520D53
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete copper alloy late medieval - post medieval, 15th-16th century, lace chape, A.D.1400-1600. It is made of rolled copper alloy sheet, and is conical in shape, but deformed by a bend towards the narrow end. There is a slight transverse split in the sheet at the wider end and another at the bend. It is 64.3mm in length, 10.2mm in width at the flattened attachment end and 4.4mm thick . It weighs 4.45gms.
Created on: Friday 22nd September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 17th October 2017
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Record ID: GLO-1D2F2F
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
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Copper alloy chape that is roughly sub-rectangular in cross section with a low central ridge running down the front and back face creating a bevelled edge on both sides. The item gently narrows to the base where there are two opposing long V-shaped notches on either side that forms a constriction that separates the main body of the item from a globular terminal, the tip of the terminal is damaged suggesting that there may have been a missing truncated element. The opposite end of the item is broken revealing that this surviving portion is solid. Hollow walls may have extended up from …
Created on: Thursday 27th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 27th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Forest of Dean', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-F74009
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Silvered sheet copper alloy scabbard chape from a sword or dagger, 'V'-shaped in plan and sub-rectangular in cross-section​. The sheet has been folded around what looks to be a thin layer of leather, but there is no extant evidence that the edges were joined and the upper edge is curved and not open, which is unusual for a chape. The sheet itself is 0.6 mm thick. ​The surface has light green corrosion products and areas of silvering which remain on both faces of the chape. Read (2001) illustrates a similar example on page 90, fig.58, no.678, which is dated from the late 15th to…
Created on: Wednesday 18th January 2017
Last updated: Sunday 29th January 2017
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Record ID: WILT-D693B9
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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A medieval or post-medieval edieval copper alloy sheet chape for a dagger or sword made from a single sheet of copper-alloy. The front top edge is a serrated design, the bottom is cut and folded inwards to form the rounded base, on one side there is a small rivet hole near the top edge. The back has an overlapped joint. The chape is undecorated. The chape measures 33.23mm in length, 17.85mm in width, and the sheet thickness is 1.86mm. The weight is 6.79 (with some soil still present). Similar to No. 673 in Read.
Created on: Monday 5th September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 12th October 2016
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Record ID: LVPL-709294
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast copper alloy sword or dagger chape dating from the Medieval period, (1100-1500). The object is tubular narrowing in width towards the base and is oval in cross-section. The chape consists of a single flattened sheet of copper alloy which has been folded over leaving a join running down the rear of the object. Both the base and the top of the object are open. At the top of the object are two small rivet holes at the front and one at the back, all of which are infilled with soil/corrosive material. The upper edge (mouth) of the chape is decorated with two incised circumfrential g
Created on: Friday 19th August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 25th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Selby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-70839F
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast copper alloy sword or dagger chape dating from the Medieval period, (1100-1500). The object is tubular narrowing in width towards the base and is oval in cross-section. The chape consists of a single flattened sheet of copper alloy which has been folded over leaving a join running down one edge. Both the base and the top of the object are open. A regular circular perforation, probably for a rivet to attach the chape to the leather, runs through each side of the object. The top of the object, just below the mouth, is decorated with a worn circumferential ridge. The object has a …
Created on: Friday 19th August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 25th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Selby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-19D321
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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A complete medieval or early post medieval copper alloy scabbard chape dating to AD1300 - 1600. It has been made from a sheet of metal rolled around a form with the two edges butting together at the back, although the upper part of the seam has pulled apart slightly. The top edge is serrated in a decorative manner, with five cusps, the bottom is open (10.42mm in width). It is 45.52mm in length, 17.21mm in width at its top end, the sheet is c1.50mm thick and it weighs 10.80g. See Read 2001, p84 and p89 fig57 no675
Created on: Monday 15th August 2016
Last updated: Monday 5th December 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'The Deverills', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-CD2B7E
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
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A cast copper scabbard chape of probable medieval date (AD 1100 -1350). The chape is cast in one piece being broadly rectangular in plan and wedge shaped / triangular in profile. The lower part of the chape is rectangular; from the mid-point a U shaped projection arises - the mid point is pierced by a single rivet hole. Either side of the projection the chape is formed to create a U shape which then rises at the edges in a slight crescent like swelling. The reverse face is flat with a single projection emerging from the base being pierced in two places by rivet holes. There is no de…
Created on: Monday 18th July 2016
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gobowen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-CBE96D
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
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A cast copper alloy finial possibly a chape of late medieval or early post-medieval date (1400-1600). The chape is made from folded copper-alloy sheet that has been crimped and hammered at the edges to create the form. It is an irregular sub-rectangular shape, with expanding edges in plan and an irregular triangular shape in cross section. The chape is formed from a single sheet of copper alloy which has been folded to form a box like cylinder. The two edges of the tube overlap at the back but have been distorted from the form by movement in the ploughsoil. The lower edge of the tube…
Created on: Monday 18th July 2016
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gobowen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-780052
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Medieval or post medieval copper alloy chape fragment? 29mm in length, 24mm wide and 2mm thick with a weight of 5.56grams. The object is sub rectangular in form and cross section. The centre of the object is divided by an incised line running its width and just to one side of this is a circular rivet hole. The lower part consists of a rounded lower section which has radiating incisions across its surface. The upper part has two rectangular projections emerging from each corner and between is a rounded hole with a central triangular projection. This and the shell like decoration sugge…
Created on: Thursday 14th July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 26th July 2016
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Record ID: LEIC-518A8E
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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Medieval or post medival copper alloy chape, 30mm long, 14mm wide and 9mm thick, with a weight of 3.03grams. The object is triangular in form and oval in cross section and is formed of a plain folded sheet which has been soldered together along its length. It is probably a chape for a dagger or similar.
Created on: Thursday 30th June 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 12th July 2016
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