Barred Mounts (2001 guide)

Please note that this guide has not been fundamentally changed from the original print version of the Finds Recording Guide (Geake 2001), written when the database contained just 8,800 non-numismatic records.

Introduction

In Egan and Pritchard (1991, 156-158; fig. 103) these are listed under strap-ends, and are called ‘shield-shaped sheet plates with bar-mounts etc at attachment edge’. This term isn’t entirely satisfactory, as shields can be of many shapes but not quite like these; and, as shown in Margeson (1993, 40-41; fig. 23, no. 272) these mounts can also be rectangular. It is thought that they functioned together with strap clasps, but until this is confirmed there is some merit in retaining a shape-based name rather than a function-based name.

PAS object type to be used

Use STRAP FITTING for the time being.  If it is confirmed that they were used with strap clasps, they could be moved into ‘Clasp’ as they will simply be the other half of the clasp. 

PAS object classification to be used

Add ‘barred mount’ in the Classification field

Terms to use in the description

The parts of a barred mount should be referred to as the ‘plate’ and the ‘bar-mount’, as for strap clasps.

Date

Such objects are typologically of 14th-century date.  Examples from London were all found in contexts dated c. 1350-1400 (Egan and Pritchard (1991, 157); those found at Rougiers, Var, were found in contexts spread throughout the 14th century (Démians d’Archimbaud 1980, 514-515).

Examples

Medieval 'barred mount': strap-fitting with bar-mount (SOM-605561). Copyright: The Portable Antiquities Scheme; CC-BY licence)
Medieval ‘barred mount’: strap-fitting with bar-mount (SOM-605561). Copyright: The Portable Antiquities Scheme; CC-BY licence)

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Key references

Egan and Pritchard 1991

Margeson 1993