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Leaded copper alloy chape from a sword scabbard. Open-work with a knob at the base and plain panels on the narrow sides. The decoration on both sides consists of grooved and looped interlace and knots with a face above a triangle at the centre in typical Borre style.
- Production date
Length: 58 millimetres
Weight: 103 grammes
Width: 47.80 millimetres
Depth: 35 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the first chape in Borre style recorded in the British Isles but doubts over the origin of the piece reduce its significance. Other chapes of this type have been found in the Crimea, near Korosten and by the Lower Volga but the best parallel comes from Nimschuetz in northern Germany.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018, 31 Mar-8 Jul, Southport, The Atkinson, Viking: Rediscover the Legend
2017-2018 24 Nov-4 Mar, Nottingham, University of Nottingham Museum, Viking: Rediscover the Legend
2017 19 May-5 Nov, York, Yorkshire Museum, Viking: Rediscover the Legend
2014-2015 Jul-Jan, Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Vikings
2014 6 Mar-22 Jun, London, British Museum, Viking: Life and Legend
2013 21 Jun-30 Nov, Denmark, Copenhagen, National Museum of Denmark, Viking
- Part of the outer edge missing at the top of one side; the surface stripped and with signs of repatination - see lab report.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Submitted with a Thor's hammer pendant a nd a bracelet in May 1996, said to have been acquired by Simon Wilson's grandfather Edward John Wilson, who lived in Woodbridge Suffolk, and knew they were 'Viking' pieces. The bracelet was proved to be a modern replica, the Thor's hammer pendant had an unusual silver compostition (BMRL 6851-1-W; 6851-2-Y). Wilson said that as a child he had played with the chape on a wooden sword and glue inside comfirmed this account.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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