Date Made/Found: 1400-1500
Material and Medium: Iron
Dimensions: Overall (dagger): 85 x 380mm
Overall (blade): 270 x 270mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1985.243
A 15th century iron dagger found in Maltby, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
The personal carrying of daggers was commonplace in the medieval period, they were often worn in the belt ready for defence. Carrying such items in the clothing explains why so many were easily lost. Knives and daggers were articles of fashion and were at this time slim and elegant in design. They were more than just functional tools, they were intended to impress, as symbols of status and wealth.
The condition of such daggers depends on the material in which they were buried. The wooden handle of this dagger has rotted away over time.
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