MOUNT

Unique ID: NMS-638554

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find validated and published by finds advisers

Description: Incomplete early-medieval Carolingian-style silver mount or strap slide, with foliate decoration cast in low relief, partially gilded and inlaid with niello. The mount is sub-rectangular with one complete and two partial original edges surviving and a transverse break which is unworn but not very recent.

The complete end of the plate is slightly thickened and surmounted by three leaf-shaped mouldings, the middle of which forms a trefoil. These rise from a sharp transverse recess, beyond which the sides of the plate are convex and the upper face rises to a transverse arris before thinning again towards the break. On one side of the arris, again springing from the recess and roughly in mirror-image to the leaves at the complete end, is a large pointed trefoil leaf with smaller pointed leaves to either side. Facing these, on the other side of the arris, are two smaller pointed trefoil leaves. The leaves are in most cases formed by thick silver ridges with oblique nicks on the inner edges, which appear to have originally been filled with niello, although much is now missing. Gilding survives on the recessed parts of the design and may either have worn off the higher elements, or partial gilding may have been used to accentuate the design.

On the reverse, two of the surviving original edges (one long edge and the surviving short edge) project downwards beyond the back of the plate forming a lip, with a rectangular-sectioned projection broken flush with the lower edge in the centre of the short edge. This may have been an attachment spike, part of a slide loop or a pierced lug for attachment. The other long edge is virtually flush with the top of the object.

Dimensions: Width 21mm. Surviving length 22mm. Maximum surviving depth 8mm. Scar from missing attachment spike / projection 5 x 2mm. Weight 7.7g.

Discussion: Similar Carolingian-style gilded silver mounts and strap-fittings, many inlaid with niello, have been recorded on the PAS database, including DENO-872273, NMS-ADCA16, FAHG-123AB4, YORYM-EAF943 and SF-E2FFD6. There are also gilded copper alloy examples, e.g. SUSS-0E8FF6 and DENO-184477.

Date: This style of metalwork dates from the mid 9th to the end of the 10th century AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T331

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Ascribed Culture: Carolingian [scope notes| view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Length: 22 mm
Width: 21 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 7.7 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 27th March 2013 - Wednesday 24th April 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake - [ view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 56967
Other reference: DDMD042013
Treasure case number: 2013T331

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Surface Treatment: Gilded [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Early Medieval Mount (incomplete)

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Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern
County: Norfolk
District: South Norfolk
To be known as: Barnham Broom

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]

References cited

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Created: Friday 17th May 2013
Updated: Tuesday 4th June 2013

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