Eighteenth Century Coin Weights and Counterfeit Coins

lightweight Post Medieval half guinea coin weight

Earlier in 2020, the South and West Yorkshire PAS office recorded an interesting coin weight, SWYOR-80FFA8, which was probably made locally in Sheffield. In this blog, SWYOR volunteer Diane Gourley looks into the history and local connections to the manufacture of this object in a little more depth. SWYOR-80FFA8: a lightweight half guinea coin weight …more

Find In Focus: Medieval Seal Matrix

Seal matrices were used to make an impression on a wax seal as a means of authenticating a document or, more practically, to keep it closed. There are over 7,500 seal matrices recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The earliest of these is from the Early-Medieval period (Fig 1) though these are rare. Over 6,000 …more

A Seventeenth Century Trade Token from Leeds

PAS Volunteer Andy Benbow helps in the South and West Yorkshire office as one of the SWYOR volunteers. He found identifying the seventeenth century trade token recorded as SWYOR-93C56E fascinating, and in this blog, he explains what he discovered about tokens. Augmented sketch combining the visible features of several examples of this trade token. Copyright: …more

Dealing with Special Finds when the FLO Office is Closed

Merry Christmas from the SWYOR PAS team! Our office will be closed until 2nd Jan 2020, so what do you do if you find something special? Treasure If you find potential Treasure, please email your local FLO with your name, the date of discovery, an image, and the findspot grid reference. Your email will prove …more

Thin up North? (Guest post by Rob Webley)

Medieval strap-ends with zoomorphic terminals

Introduction Working with Portable Antiquities Scheme data always throws up little puzzles.  By grappling with them together we can hopefully advance knowledge, however gradually.  I am a medievalist working in the south of the country, and was therefore struck by a particular strap-end type whose findspots seemed to cluster in the North (though I was …more

A Medieval Heraldic Harness Fitting from Yorkshire

Medieval heraldic harness fitting

This colourful find, a medieval heraldic harness fitting dating from c. 1250-1400, caught our attention in the South and West Yorkshire office. The finder, Ian Cushnie, kindly provided his own research in identifying the family whose arms it depicted. Building on that research, this post by Graham Rawson (PAS volunteer, SWYOR) seeks to give some …more

National Volunteers Week 2018 – Meet the South and West Yorkshire Volunteer Team

Phil - PAS photography volunteer

To celebrate UK National Volunteers Week (1-7th June 2018), we’d like to introduce you to the hard working volunteers in the South and West Yorkshire office. Jared, Jack, Ian and Phil are Amy’s dedicated team, tirelessly helping to record the 1000s of artefacts that pass through the office each year, with very little grumbling! Everyone …more

‘Wooperton-type’ strap-ends by Robert Webley

Early-medieval 'Wooperton-type' strap-end (YORYM-D23B76). Copyright: York Museums Trust. CC-BY licence.

This post provides a brief(ish) update on a well-published type of 9th-century strap-end depicting two beasts rendered in the Trewhiddle style.  The name ‘Wooperton type’ comes from an example published by Richard Bailey in 1993, and arguably has a better ring to it than ‘Thomas Class A, Type 1avii’, as the type was designated in …more