Object Title

Blade - seax and display board

Blade - seax and display board

Date

10th-18th century

Object Number

X.4612

Provenance

Provenance uncertain. First accessioned when found (blade and board together) by the Valuation Team, un-numbered, in Lanthorn Tower store, 15 December 1988. Possibly found in St Albans and possibly formerly owned someone named Ball (see Notes).

Physical Description

Blade is small, curved, single-edged blade with a short (or shortened) tang through which is fixed a short copper alloy pin. The blade back projects slightly on both faces. In excavated condition; very corroded the cutting edge especially. Alloy pin.
Found with a light grey painted wooden display board (B) with steel pins for holding the objects in place (between three of which the knife blade appears to fit - see Notes) and a hole in the centre of the top edge for hanging. At the bottom edge is a buff coloured card label with stencilled ink lettering, originally attached by two pins (one now missing). The text reads: 'Saxon Period / Four knives and one spearhead. / from St Albans [large space] Ball'. Beneath this label is another damaged label, stuck to the board and apparently bearing the same information.

Materials

Dimensions

BoardHeight263mm
BoardThickness6mm
BoardWidth190mm
OverallLength135mm
OverallWeight20g
BladeWidth (max)18.8mm

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations