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25.07.2021

Knife handle

Medieval, 13th-15th century.

Found during excavations by the archaeology department of the Winchester Museum Service in a field east of Wickham Square (opposite St. Nicholas Church) in the mid-to-late 1970s.

In the days before bakelite and plastic, tool handles were made of organic materials such as bone, horn, and wood. Many of these materials are poorly preserved in the ground and are not often found at archaeological sites. However, bone handles, like this elaborately carved handle from Wickham Manor, are common finds. The handle is wrapped with copper alloy wire, perhaps an impromptu repair.

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