Iron knife with inlaid silver decoration: c. 1000
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Iron knife with inlaid silver decoration on both sides. The decoration consists of twisted silver and copper wires hammered into the blade it has also a silver plate with lettering. On one side it reads: "OSMHND", which was probably the owner's name - Osmund. The name suggests that the owner was probably of Anglo-Saxon descent. The handle of the knife is missing. This small knife was found on the Thames foreshore between Putney Bridge and Wandsworth Bridge. The pattern made by the inlaid wires is like that found on 'pattern-welded' blades, where the use of different qualities of iron twisted together produces similar herringbone patterns.
1000 AD - 1000 AD