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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.
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.
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).