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Palm guard
Date Made/Found: 1200-1500
Excavator: Mr Albert Leslie Armstrong , 1879 - 1958
Material and Medium: Wood
Place Object Found: Sheffield
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1995.84.2
A Medieval saddler's palm guard, excavated from Sheffield Castle by A.L.Armstrong. It was worn across the palm of the hand to protect the saddler whilst pushing the large needles through the leather.

Sheffield Castle was on the site of the former Castle Market in central Sheffield. It was built around 1100 and was demolished in 1648. Mary Queen of Scots was kept here by George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, for fourteen years of her imprisonment.

Before the castle was demolished, the moat began to silt up. Afterwards it slowly filled with debris. Many objects have been found in this debris. Armstrong carried out an excavation of parts of the castle site in 1927 in the area of what was the Sheffield Co-operative Department Store.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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