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44PG302/EU1002/F-404   Basket Hilt 803


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Basket Hiltiron with silver -wire damascene.  The English adopted the basket hilt by the mid-16th century, about the same time as the Scots.  This high-quality decorated example is similar to an English broadsword hilt dated 1620.  

It is open in design with a well defined pattern, having two junction plates and three segments, although this example is slightly deformed on one side.  The basket hilt is regularly found in Virginia 17th-century settlement sites.  

This is one of two hilts decorated with silver inlay that were recovered from Jordan's Journey near Hopewell in Prince George County.