TOBACCO HOLDER

Unique ID: DUR-583F05

Object type certainty: Certain
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A lead figurine in the shape of an African person's head, with a sub rectangular shank protruding where the body should be. The head is slightly upturned and there is appears to be a carved hat on top of the head. The face is carved into the lead and a neck is apparent. It weighs 82.7g and measures 62.99mm in length, the head is 19.12mm wide and the face is 24.48mm thick.

Several similar objects can be found on this database (e.g. NARC-DC03B3, KENT5054, IOW-B47783, SWYOR-790331). They come from the lids of tobacco jars and probably date to the 18th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Length: 62.99 mm
Width: 19.12 mm
Thickness: 24.48 mm
Weight: 82.7 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st April 2011 - Thursday 30th June 2011

Personal details

Recorded by: Miss Emma Morris - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Miss Frances McIntosh - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Miss Emma Morris - [ view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Modern lead negroes head

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Spatial metadata

Region: North East
County: County Durham
District: County Durham
Parish: Bishop Auckland

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2128
Four figure Latitude: 54.64667 Four figure longitude: -1.67609
1:25K map: NZ2128
1:10K map: NZ22NW
WOEID: 26346297
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: Tuesday 17th January 2012
Updated: Monday 16th December 2013

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