Thomas William Bateman
Date Made/Found: 800-400 BC
, 1852 - 1895
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Place Object Found:
North East Yorkshire
Accession Number: J93.463
Increased amounts of arms and armour suggest that elite people were becoming more warrior-like towards the end of the Bronze Age. These objects are often found in rivers and bogs rather than in graves. Watery places were seen as sacred during the later Bronze Age and Iron Age.
Chapes protected the end of the wooden or leather scabbards which held the sword.
This is an early Iron Age winged-shaped chape for a Gundlingen sword, a style of sword was developed in southern England but examples are found all over Europe, usually in the graves of horsemen. It was found in Ebberston, North Yorkshire.
Weston Park Museum