Anglo Saxon Sword Chape

In the 18web scabbard (c) Museums Worcestershire30s a heavily rusted Anglo Saxon sword was discovered at Bredon’s Norton by workmen on the Birmingham to Gloucester railway.

Though very fragile, the tip of the sword was still within its chape, the protective metal end of a presumably leather scabbard. The leather had rotted away.

The sword was found alongside spearheads, beads, a knife and iron shield bosses. Weapons like these are relatively rare in Worcestershire and were often buried alongside the bodies of the dead as grave goods.

They were presented to the Museum of the Worcestershire Natural History Society (the founding collections of Worcester City Museum Service) in 1838.

The sword chape is still cared for by Museums Worcestershire. It has been conserved and mounted on an acrylic base to ensure its preservation and stability. 180 years after it was found it is still considered a rarity, the only example in the Worcestershire collections.

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