Sign on
Sword chape
Date Made/Found: 800-400 BC
Vendor: Thomas William Bateman , 1852 - 1895
Previous owner: Thomas Bateman , British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Place Object Found: North East Yorkshire
Department: Archaeology
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.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

gPowered byeMuseum

Museums Sheffield

Trying something new can be a little bit scary, but what a great feeling when you make the connection. We're trying new things all the time and we want you to try them too, so come with us and we'll help connect you with art, nature, history, ideas - and each other.

Jump in. Discover something new.

Explore our site