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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Sword, dagger and scabbard components https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components.html Dagger Guard https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/dagger-guard-49635.html Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Dagger Guard  
Description: A cast copper-alloy dagger guard from a quillon dagger of the late medieval period. It consists of a centre boss with a quillon at either end, and a finger guard projecting radially outwards from one side. The centre boss is sub-oval in plan, raised on the upper face of the guard, and has a trapezoidal aperture for the tang of the dagger. The quillons, which are slightly unequal in length, are of rounded sub-square cross-section, and taper such that they increase is size from the centre boss outwards. The terminal ends are each decorated with a circumferential groove on the diameter and an incised 'X' on the face. The finger guard is scallop-shaped and decorated with incised radial lines, which create a shell-like appearance. There are additional crudely incised 'slash' marks on the faces of the quillons and the central boss.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Dagger Guard https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/dagger-guard-49978.html Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Dagger Guard  
Description: A cast copper-alloy dagger guard from a quillon dagger of the late medieval to early post-medieval period. It consists of a centre boss with a quillon at either end, and a finger stop projecting radially outwards from one side. The centre boss is oval in plan and rectangular in section, with a wedge-shaped aperture for the tang of the dagger. The quillons are tapered and each has a circumferential groove at its outer end, and an incised saltire on its end face. The finger guard has a down-turned scallop-shaped terminal, with three incised radial grooves.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Rondel Dagger https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/rondel-dagger-6331.html Sun, 11 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Rondel Dagger  
Description: A rondel dagger of the late medieval period. The dagger is complete except for the grips, but corroded and slightly bent. The grips were attached to the tang by means of three rivets, all of which survive. The blade is quite thick along the spine, with a steady taper to a single cutting edge. The point is back-edged slightly to give the tip a spike-like cross section for maximum penetration.

Rondel daggers first appear in the mid-14th century, and the earliest ones have grips fastened by horizontal or spiral binding. The form of riveted grip attachment used on the present example is indicative of a 15th century date (see ref. below).

Rondel daggers were quite varied in their appearance and design. This one has large discs of steel for pommel and guard and would have been a serious hand-to-hand combat weapon for the armoured knight of the day.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Scabbard Chape https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/scabbard-chape-35751.html Sat, 21 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Scabbard Chape  
Description: A sheet metal scabbard chape of the medieval period. It is conical (now flattened) with a domed end and two opposing attachment holes.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Scabbard Chape https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/scabbard-chape-35756.html Sun, 22 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Scabbard Chape  
Description: A sheet metal scabbard chape of the medieval period. The chape is conical with a rounded end; overlapped side seam and two pierced holes close to the upper edge for attachment purposes.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Dagger or Knife Pommel (?) https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/dagger-or-knife-pommel-38795.html Sun, 23 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Dagger or Knife Pommel (?)  
Description: A cast copper-alloy object, probably a dagger or knife pommel. The object consists of a semi-cylindrical socketed section and an open quatrefoil terminal. The socketed section is slightly tapered and has two opposed lateral flanges and two internal circumferential ribs. The flanges have scalloped edges (possibly to aid gripping) and the socket has two circumferential grooves approximately corresponding to the internal circumferential ribs. The bore of the socket is open at both ends to accommodate the tang. The open quatrefoil terminal is similar to the bow found on certain medieval locking keys (e.g. PAS SUSS-739BD3), and also on objects tentatively identified as keys for adjusting string tension on musical instruments (e.g. PAS DENO-81E17A).

No close parallel has been traced, but the use of the quatrefoil as a decorative motif on the terminals of other types of knife is known (e.g. PAS GLO-936555) and the objects referenced above provide a guide to the most likely date range.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Sword or Dagger Scabbard Chape https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/sword-or-dagger-scabbard-chape-1658.html Fri, 30 Dec 2005 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Sword or Dagger Scabbard Chape  
Description: Copper-alloy medieval sword/knife scabbard chape. Circa 12th century. Four extended arms (now missing) would have each contained a single perforation by which attachment to the scabbard would have been secured by rivets. These examples have been cast flat and folded double, presenting a U-shaped profile. Traces of engraved or moulded decoration can be seen, although on this example these are very worn.

See also example from the Virtual Museum of the Strong Collection.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Scabbard Chape https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/scabbard-chape-6119.html Sat, 17 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Scabbard Chape  
Description: A narrow-pointed sword or dagger-scabbard chape, originally fitted with a separate backplate (now missing). The chape is sub-triangular and asymmetrical, with a globular basal knop. The top and one side are straight, and the remaining side is curved. The front has quatrefoil openwork near the top edge and an irregularly shaped hole nearer the base, which may be due to damage.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Scabbard Chape https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/scabbard-chape-6406.html Mon, 19 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Scabbard Chape  
Description: A cast copper-alloy sword-scabbard chape of the medieval period. The chape has U-section sides and an openwork front and back, both symmetrical and formed by a central projection between oval apertures. At the top of each side there was an inward-facing lug with a rivet hole, but only one survives. The shape of the central projections is reminiscent of a stylised animal-head, but it is uncertain whether this is intentional.

Chapes of this general design would seem to have been in use at least from the 11th-12th century, as Ringerike style decoration is found on them (Cf. PAS: NMS-AE1736). Very closely related examples, however, are dated as late as the 14th century (Cf. PAS: NMS-FEA303).
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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Scabbard Chape https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/sword-dagger-and-scabbard-components/scabbard-chape-7376.html Sat, 09 Jun 2007 00:00:00 GMT Sword, dagger and scabbard components Scabbard Chape  
Description: A scabbard chape of the late medieval period, probably from a dagger scabbard. The chape is fabricated from sheet metal, the bottom being cut and folded inwards to form the base. The top edge is V-shaped and there are two rivet holes at the back. The sheet-metal overlaps at the joint along the centre of the back.
Category: Medieval, Sword, dagger and scabbard components
Category: Sword, dagger and scabbard components
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