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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Craft, industry and trade

Copper alloy handle

Early Medieval

Cylindrical handle with concave sides and a slightly domed but end. Three incised  lines are cut round its middle. there is a single iron rivet at the lower end, and traces of wood and bark survive in the interior. It is probably a knop, or handle, from the end of a rod or cane. It dates from the 6th to early 8th century.


The alloy is unusual, a tin-plated speculum, giving a silvery-grey sheen to the surface.

Copper alloy
The Whithorn Trust
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