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Iron knife with long plate-tang in line with the back of the blade and an arched cut-out underneath. Handle with curved back. In two fragments. Five rivets. Stripped in conservation.
Length: 330 millimetres
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Stead and Rigby 1999
Context: Knives, Shears and Razors; Knives with long plate-tangs
Knives whose handles have a plate-tang in line with the back of the blade and an arched cut-out underneath to provide a grip. Organic handle-plates were attached to the tang by rivets; two at the end of the blade, two at the end of the grip and one or more between. The end of the cutting edge curves to meet the straight back of the blade at a point. Osterhaus (Osterhaus, U., 1981, ‘Zur Funktion und Herkunft der frülatènezeitlichen Hiebmesser’ (Kleine Schriften aus dem Vorgeschichtlichten Seminar Marburg, 9)) includes the two finer pieces (ML.1505 and ML.1595) in his type IB which is concentrated in Champagne with a few examples in Hunsrück-Eifel graves.
Handles with curved backs: Apparently contemporary with the type with straight-backed handle, it is usually found in men's graves, e.g. Charmont (Thénot, A, 1982, ‘La civilisation celtique dans l’est de la France, d’après la collection de Baye’, Paris, 27, 36, pl. 12, 1), Les Rouliers grave 93, St-Memmie grave 26. One from Mont Troté grave 14 was with a skeleton sexed as possibly female. There are good examples from Poix grave 1 (Bretz-Mahler, D., 1971, ‘La civilisation de La Tène en Champagne (Gallia, supplément, 23), pl. 97, 6) and Beine ‘l’ Argentelle’ grave 11.
In shape it resembles Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 2, fig. 5, which is much smaller (195 mm) if Morel's scale is correct.
Register: This seems to belong to the Gaulish burial at Marson, sketched in ms book.
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