Scabbard chape

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from Cauldhame, near Brechin, Angus

Postcard of Scabbard chape.
© National Museums Scotland

Scabbard chape

A scabbard chape was placed at the end of the scabbard to protect the sword tip. This example is made of bronze and was found at Cauldhame near Brechin in Angus. It dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The chape tapers from the mouth to the bottom. It is cracked across the middle.

Bronze swords were carried in scabbards, probably of wood and leather.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-392-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DL 9
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
Where: Scotland, Angus, Brechin, Cauldhame
Description: Bronze scabbard chape from Cauldhame, Angus
  • Coles, J.M. 'Scottish Late Bronze Age Metalwork: Typology, Distributions and Chronology'. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 93 (1959-60), p 86 & 100 
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