A group of similar copper-alloy holders with a three-branched base are thought to be likely medieval lamp suspenders. The three lower arms are equally spaced and each is perforated at the end to hold a chain (see Egan 2010 (1998), 131; fig. 99). They are attached to a central arm which travels upwards; this is also perforated at its end, presumably for suspension. The role of a fifth loop, central on the underside, is unclear. Such an object could also have been used for the suspension of ecclesiastical censers: examples have been found at St Peter’s church, Guestwick, Norfolk (Williams in Rogerson et al. 1987, 73; fig. 50, no. 2) and the Norwich Greyfriars (Huddle in Emery 2007, 153; fig. 5.47, no. SF28). At present, we are grouping these objects as lamp hangers for ease of retrieval.
PAS object type to be used
Use LAMP HANGER
One of these branched holders was found in a London context dated to c. 1350-1400 (Egan 2010 (1998), 131; no. 356). The excavated examples mentioned in the introduction lack firm dating evidence; such objects tend to be dated to the 14th century, though there is nothing diagnostic about their form that would place them solely in this century.