Iron & copper alloy dagger and sheath

Dagger and sheath, Iron Age (700BC-43AD)

The sheath is made from wood bound with bronze strips, and decorated with four indentations near the hilt guard. The Hallstatt-D type iron dagger originally had a wooden grip decorated with bronze and iron fittings. Daggers similar to this were made on the continent but the style of the sheath is British. This example was probably manufactured abroad and its sheath was later repaired or replaced when it was brought to Britain. Like many other items in Layton’s collection is probably came from the Thames at Mortlake.

Dimensions: L 356 mm; W 100 mm