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Ros wrote @ 11:33:31 @ 17th November 2011.

Is this not an aestel [manuscript pointer top] see 2007/T113 from Fingest, Bucks.

About: Lace tag SWYOR-B1FFB4
Medieval Lincolnshire

Raymond Shirritt-Beaumont wrote @ 01:37:49 @ 17th November 2011.

My name is Kieran Shirritt-Beaumont and I am twelve years old. in the summer of 2010, I was in England; and went beachcombing on the Silverdale side of Morcambe Bay. I found a pipe bowl with the exact same inscription on it.

About: Clay pipe (smoking) LVPL-B1A3F6
Modern Halton

Laura Burnett wrote @ 12:01:52 @ 16th November 2011.

You are completely right and I have updated the record, thank you for spotting it.

About: Spear SOM-B98F21
Iron age Somerset

Ben Bogaerts wrote @ 19:13:31 @ 15th November 2011.

This jeton is a "rekenpenning" (a counting jeton,) of the French town of Mantes, dated 1588. The Nurnburg coinmaster Kilian Koch (Germany) AD 1587 - AD 1632 produced this kind of jeton also as a reprint. Normally his name should be visible at the coin

About: Jetton SUR-9C5475
Post medieval Surrey

Stephanie Smith wrote @ 12:02:36 @ 15th November 2011.

I am correcting this SUSS record to reflect new information that this object is possibly a palm guard for textile work. Information is already added to the record, while preserving the initial identification of this object as a lead alloy weight. -- Stephanie 15.11.11

About: Thimble SUSS-A47666
Medieval West Sussex

Len Eeles wrote @ 09:23:20 @ 15th November 2011.

Sorry Jessica, but your Purse Bar, is actually a "cranking " type watch winding key . From one of your former pupils (!!!), Len.

About: Watch KENT-2AB321
Modern Kent

Katie Marsden wrote @ 17:56:27 @ 14th November 2011.

Thank you for your comment. The style is slightly different to the 11th century styles and importantly it is much too small (only 2.5cm across) and fragile for use as a horse harness or cheek piece. As a link, it would only be suitable for much more delicate items such as jewellery. The flat back and rounded front suggests it is designed to fit flat against something, hence the suggestion as a mount. More complete examples of 11th century fittings such as IOW-51E2C5 or SUR-00F341 show the characteristic bevelled backs to the end loops, central expansion and generally a greater size and robustness.

About: Mount SOM-7B96B6
Medieval Somerset

Kev Woodward wrote @ 16:54:05 @ 14th November 2011.

This depicts the Pelican in her Piety and not a bird on a bird table!

About: Pendant SUSS-449262
Medieval East Sussex

chris lovell wrote @ 09:45:15 @ 14th November 2011.

Iron age or 1st century roman brooch

About: Unidentified object SOM-372D02
Unknown Somerset

chris lovell wrote @ 09:35:30 @ 14th November 2011.

This item may be of roman date i cant rule out early medieval as ring and dot decoration was used in both periods sometimes called bullseye decoration paternation suggests earlier date range .

About: Buckle SOM-ED5238
Unknown Somerset

chris lovell wrote @ 09:15:03 @ 14th November 2011.

Hi this object is a belt mount dating 16th/17th century

About: Mount LEIC-04DC47
Post medieval Leicestershire

clovell wrote @ 15:24:59 @ 13th November 2011.

Maybe 11th century horse harness link or cheek piece

About: Mount SOM-7B96B6
Medieval Somerset

Peter Halkon wrote @ 13:46:46 @ 11th November 2011.

Sorry, but cast iron not possible at this date

About: Spear SOM-B98F21
Iron age Somerset

DEL COOK wrote @ 00:39:56 @ 9th November 2011.

HORSE FURNITURE I think this object could be a four way strap junction dating from the early to late medieval period.

About: Unidentified object HAMP-7D6CE5
Unknown Hampshire

Simon wrote @ 15:39:00 @ 8th November 2011.

Trier black slipped ware during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Most are Beakers or cups.

About: Vessel BERK-F407C7
Roman Oxfordshire

Simon wrote @ 15:37:23 @ 8th November 2011.

Trier black slipped ware this type of pottery was fine table ware dates to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

About: Vessel BERK-F407C7
Roman Oxfordshire

Simon wrote @ 15:24:23 @ 8th November 2011.

This type of pottery is a cheese press and not a strainer date might be around 1st to 3rd century

About: Vessel BERK-F46A91
Roman Oxfordshire

simon wrote @ 15:23:07 @ 8th November 2011.

South Gaul of dr37

About: Vessel DUR-509087
Roman County Durham

Simon wrote @ 15:22:44 @ 8th November 2011.

Central Gaul dr37 of a bowl

About: Vessel DUR-5096B2
Roman County Durham

Simon wrote @ 15:15:49 @ 8th November 2011.

South Gaul dr37 of a bowl

About: Vessel SWYOR-BF0FE3
Roman Staffordshire

simon wrote @ 15:13:27 @ 8th November 2011.

South Gaul or central Gaul dr37 the reason for it been south Gaul is due to the surface of fine hair line fractures on the glaze

About: Vessel SWYOR-BEBEE6
Roman Staffordshire

Simon wrote @ 15:10:01 @ 8th November 2011.

PATRICI was a mould maker of the pottery and not the potter himself or the place of manufactor. Dates to mid second century from Central Gaul not all bowls or samian ware had stamps on many

About: Vessel SWYOR-BD0F63
Roman Staffordshire

  • COIN
Wilhelm wrote @ 21:10:37 @ 7th November 2011.

Caius Marcius Censorinus Roman Republic AR Denarius 88 B.C. RRD-103 Head of Apollo right / free horse galloping right, C.CENSOR below

About: Coin ESS-CE3F83
Roman Essex

Stephanie Smith wrote @ 12:37:15 @ 7th November 2011.

This is a furniture drop handle

About: Furniture fitting SUSS-DB9221
Post medieval East Sussex

Julia wrote @ 14:04:15 @ 6th November 2011.

It is possible that this is not in fact a Colchester one-piece (note the moulding of a returned foot comparable to La Tene II brooches, and the absence of the expected forward-facing hook which typefies one-piece Colchesters). It is certainly an interesting piece. The closest parallel I can find is no. 10095 in Mackreth 2010 (though Mackreth's example shows transverse mouldings on the 'collar' where the retuned foot meets the bow). This is identified as a 'South Western La Tene series' - quite a diverse group, not in fact confined to the South West. All dated examples are securely pre-conquest (3rd century BC to AD 50 at the latest, with the latter coming from Iron Age occupation levels at Hod Hill).

About: Brooch NCL-22C1F1
Roman Lincolnshire

Matt Lukes wrote @ 18:51:09 @ 3rd November 2011.

This scale is in fact damaged at the top as well as the bottom- the two holes should be closed; scales were stitched to a sub-garment of linen so required at least two enclosed holes at the top. Moreover, it's not a typical 1st century CE or later Roman scale- Roman scales, perhaps uniquely, had lateral connections to adjacent scales either by the use of small wire rings or small flat metal strip 'staples'; this un-linked form is more reminiscent of Hellenistic or eastern peoples' scales, which were sewn loose to the sub-garment. The midrib is also quite uncommon and not known on any clearly Roman scale- Robinson suggests there were examples known, but apparently he was mistaken; and a very different form of scale with a rib is known from Masada, but it is doubtful to be of Roman origin. I would suggest perhaps this scale belonged to an Auxiliary soldier who used his own local armour- that would explain the style and design difference. Also the reference from Newstead mentioned is incorrect- what is shown there is an example of the Lorica plumata (also called the Lorica hamata squamataque), which is very different- the scales are tiny, and have a 90-degree bend at the top with 4 holes punched in it for attaching it to for mail rings) The ribs are coined in, not simply punched into the obverse as this scale does.

About: Armour WILT-D97556
Roman Wiltshire

  • TRAP
Mark Schollar wrote @ 08:07:17 @ 3rd November 2011.

I have examined this item together with 2 similar examples that I have found in the same parish. I can identify this object as part of an iron mole trap circa C19. If you look in google images under iron mole trap you will see an example of the whole item. Alternatively the object can be seen on

About: Trap BUC-246351
Modern Milton Keynes

Mike Miller wrote @ 11:06:06 @ 29th October 2011.

These drawings of flints found in Cornwall are very well done, but a good digital photograph is much more helpful as to colour and type of cortex or when enlarged shows details that are overlooked in a drawing no matter how well executed, I have a great interest in mesolithic cornwall and would like to be able to compare these flints with Devon finds of my own.

About: Knife PUBLIC-640F24
Mesolithic Cornwall

Karen Shriver wrote @ 22:42:05 @ 25th October 2011.

We have a conserved parallel find in our collection and I would be happy to send an image if wanted. I was looking through Locks and Keys throughout the Ages, Eras, Vincent J. M. and wanted a tighter end date for our surface find. Thanks. Best, Karen K. Shriver Curator, Flowerdew Hundred Collection University of Virginia Library

About: Padlock PUBLIC-EC2363
Post medieval Lincolnshire

Ted Jewell wrote @ 19:57:54 @ 25th October 2011.

I have just found a similar ring and wondered if the description is slightly in error - no photograph to view. The ring I have found has 7 strands of wire per braid and there are 3 apparent braids plaited together forming the ring. However, close examination shows that the entire ring is formed from a single piece of wire which has been "woven" in a very complex way to produce the plaited braid appearance. Diameter, 14 mm internal, convex cross-section, material appears to be silver wire of 0.6 mm diameter (approx). Report to FLO at next opportunity.

About: Finger ring WMID553

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