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The copper-alloy front plate and chape of a scabbard, lacking the lower part of the chape end. The front plate is complete, 536 mm long, and in very good condition. It is 51 mm wide (slightly flared) at the top, has a low convex mouth (about 8 mm high) and tapers steadily from about 290 mm from the top. Abroad repoussé midrib (4-5 mm wide), defined by a groove on each side, extends to the bottom but stops short of the top, where it bifurcates to form a slightly worn triangular shape. The two 'arms' expand at the corners, and the rounded top, subdivided by a groove, is 66 mm below the mouth of the scabbard plate. The front plate has overlapped the back with quite narrow overlaps, 3-4 mm wide, that terminate 380 mm from the top. On the front the borders are narrow, high and rounded, and are defined by deep, narrow grooves.
The chape has been cut from sheet metal and then the bronze chape end cast on. It is 158 mm long to the tip of the front plate (the chape end is broken). Its back is solid, with rounded edges that are each defined by a groove and quite narrow overlaps, which grip the bottom of the front plate. There are no chape clamps. At the top it extends to the limits of the overlaps from the front plate, and it has a low curved mouth with a slight ridge at the top. Its bottom is obscured by the chape end. In the middle, a rivet hole centred 15 mm from the top has iron corrosion inside it, and must have been used to secure the back plate of the scabbard. Iron corrosion within the top of the chape maybe the remains of this back plate (or possibly of the sword). The chape end seems to have been cast on to both the front plate and the chape. The surviving ends are grooved to help key an additional piece, a cast-on repair now lost. In its present state, the chape end is 53 mm long. It is 48 mm wide at the top, where its flaring finishes have flat circular ends with slightly projecting edges. The chape end has central oval openings surmounted by a pair of horizontal lentoid shapes, which are both obscured on the back by iron concretion that extends above the chape end.
Length: 53 millimetres (chape end)
Length: 158 millimetres (chape)
Length: 536 millimetres (front plate)
Width: 48 millimetres (chape end)
Width: 51 millimetres (front plate)
- Curator's comments
- Stead 2006
Found in the bed of the River Tweed at Carham. A.W. Franks acquired it from the Greenwell Collection, along with the Lisnacrogher scabbard (Raftery 1983: nos 261 and 262), and he presented both of them to the British Museum. Franks 1880: 256, pl. 16:4 and 5 ('on the Scotch bank' of the Tweed); Piggott 1950: 13 and 26, fig. 2:4 (Group III); MacGregor 1976; no. 136; Jope 2000: 281, pl. 214:d-g.
Metal analysis: bronze chape, Dungworth 1996: 418, no. 1758; Table I.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 11 May-present, Newcastle, Great North Museum, LT Loan.
2009 Aug-Nov, Newcastle, Great North Museum, 'Lindow Man'
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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