CONSERVATION AND EXCAVATION OF A KNIFE AND SHEARS SET FROM THE EXCAVATION AT GROVE PRIORY, BEDFORDSHIRE, 1978.

Author(s): K L Webster

Routine Xraying of the iron finds from the site revealed this unusual object. Conservation , Xraying and analysis showed it to consist of two knives and a pair of shears inside a leather box scabbard. The knives have a most unusual handle construction, consisting of a very short iron scale tang, secured by one rivet, into a slot at the end of the decorative gunmetal component which acts itself as a scale tang forthe fixing of alternate bone and ?horn panels. Both functional and decorative rivets are present on the handle. The knife blades have inlaid makers marks. The scabbard has internal compartments of leather and has crude decoration of incised lines on the exterior of the shears department.

Report Number:
94/1987
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
18
Keywords:
Iron Mineral Preserved Organic

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