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Copper-alloy and ?white metal sword chape

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posted on 27.10.2021, 13:27 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Silver? sword chape. Max. width 5.5 cm. Unusual U shaped binding with rivets at top and transverse ornamental grooves. Remains of bronze plates back and front, and adhering remains of wood of scabbard itself. See engraving for view of this in top of bronze plate. Now found - a narrow band at top with 2 rivets.Two side extensions now missing (see original engraving).A case of burial of the sheath without the sword itself!SCH Incorrectly asigns this object to catalogue number KAS 639. Re-asigned to catalogue number KAS 839 based on illustration and description in the catalogue (Payne 1892a, 37) and original excavation report (Brent 1866, 178) – D.H.

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Grave ID

Sarre Grave 138

Object ID

KAS839

Catalogue Number

KAS 839 (AS 448)

Material

copper alloy, white metal (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; silver, bronze) (Antiquarian Material; N/A)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

sword chape (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; sword chape) (Antiquarian Keyword; N/A)

Status

extant

Location

Maidstone Museum

Collection

Kent Archaeological Society

Category ID

sword

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