Decorated bone knife handle with copper alloy wire wrapped around from Wickham Glebe.

Decorated bone knife handle with copper alloy wire wrapped around from Wickham Glebe.

Knife handle

Medieval, 13th to 15th century

Found during excavations by Winchester Museums Service Archaeology Section in a field just east of Wickham Square (opposite St Nicholas Church) in the mid- to late 1970s

In the days before bakelite and plastics, tool handles were made of organic materials such as bone, horn and wood. Many of these types of material do not survive well in the ground and are not often found on archaeological sites. However, bone handles, like this elaborately carved one from the site of Wickham Manor House, are common site finds. The handle is wrapped in copper alloy wire, perhaps a makeshift repair.

Decorated bone knife handle with copper alloy wire wrapped around from Wickham Glebe.