OXON-63D88C: Post-Medieval copper-alloy spur

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Unique ID: OXON-63D88C

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of a Post-Medieval copper-alloy spur dating to c.AD 1600-1700.

The portion is composed of a D-sectioned arm with an integral figure of eight terminal loop. The arm narrows from its break to its terminal loop. The outer surface of this terminal loop is moulded such that the point of arm is accentuated between the loops. Each loop is 5.6mm in diameter.

The metal is dark green in colour.

The spur is 67.6mm long, 13.9mm wide at the loops, 3.7mm thick and weighs 9.71 grams.

Similar examples on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database include NARC-C31473,DENO-846943 and YORYM-6A07BA. Similar example have also been excavated from Beeston Castle, Cheshire (Ellis 1993: figs. 113-114) while read illustrates a similar example which he suggests date to the 17th century (Read 2001:65, fig.41 no.499).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 67.6 mm
Width: 13.9 mm
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 9.71 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st September 2019 - Wednesday 4th March 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: OMS receipt 2319

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
Parish or ward: Noke (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5413
Four figure Latitude: 51.81303213
Four figure longitude: -1.21808761
1:25K map: SP5413
1:10K map: SP51SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Ellis, P. 1993 Beeston Castle, Cheshire: A Report on the Excavations 1968-85 by Laurence Keen and Peter Hough London Historic Buildings & Monuments Commission for England
Read, B. 2016 Identifying Metal Artefacts Volume 1 Witham Greenlight

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Audit data

Recording Institution: OXON
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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