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Unique ID: SUR-7BF735

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A copper alloy Medieval strap fitting comprised of three articulated elements; a strap loop in the form of a split pin with plano-convex cross section and rounded terminal loop, a link ring and a hooked strap fitting with a square plate, 15mm in width. The fitting with the plate has an integral loop which emerges from the lower edge, curls around the link ring and ends in a lozengiform terminal drilled to take a rivet which appears to be integrally cast to the reverse of the square plate. Traces of gilding remain; any other original decoration to the plate has been lost.


Comparable to HAMP-CBEF93 and SF3423. See also Geake (2001, Ill. 16). Goodall (2011, 378-379; fig. 13.8, nos L91-92) illustrates similar fittings, interpreted as connections between reins and the cheekpieces of bits. A pair of examples in gilded copper alloy are published by Gaitzsch (1987, 222; abb. 2) from Pergamon and dated to the 13th century; he also illustrates a Franco-Neopolitan bit with such looped attachments connecting the reins to the harness hooks of a curb bit dated between c. 1325 and 1350 (Gaitzsch 1987; taf. 64.3).

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Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.3 mm
Width: 15 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 15.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 23rd September 2019

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: South Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Deanshanger (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7739
Four figure Latitude: 52.04405815
Four figure longitude: -0.87870272
1:25K map: SP7739
1:10K map: SP73NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Goodall, I.H. 2011 Ironwork in Medieval Britain: An Archaeological Study London The Society of Medieval Archaeology

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