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Unique ID: BH-164894

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A copper-alloy harness pendant suspension mount of Medieval date.

The mount takes the form of a truncated cross, the lower vertical arm, which represents the hanger, being significantly shorter than the other three arms. At the centre of the hanger is a moulded square with flat surface. The three long arms flare outwards from this block, two projecting horizontally, the other straight up. The form of each arm is identical, being of 'D-shaped' section, a transverse ridge marking the start of a moulded terminal with 'drop-shaped' projection at the end. A single rivet hole is situated within each terminal, the uppermost retaining its copper-alloy rivet and having a sub-circular 'stop' on the reverse. The hanger has been formed by bending backwards an integrally-cast tab with central vertical slit, forming a loop into which a copper-alloy axis bar has been fitted.

The surfaces of the mount are heavily corroded but retain traces of gilding. It measures 57.6mm wide, 42.3mm high and 4.4mm thick (not including the rivet). The weight is13.31g.

A similar suspension mount was found at Ingoldisthorpe, Norfolk, in association with a shield-shaped pendant (see Ashley 2002: fig. 13, no. 105). The majority of dated shield-shaped pendants were produced in the late 13th to 14th century.

Class: Harness pendant suspension

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Height: 42.3 mm
Width: 57.6 mm
Thickness: 4.4 mm
Weight: 13.31 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 14th March 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr Richard Gibson - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Mr Julian Watters - [ view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 10/98 - 30

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Surface Treatment: Gilded [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern
County: Hertfordshire
District: East Hertfordshire
To be known as: Furneux Pelham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]

References cited

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Created: Thursday 29th July 2010
Updated: Monday 2nd August 2010

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