LEIC-6C4C7C: Sword belt hanger

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SWORD BELT

Unique ID: LEIC-6C4C7C

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete Post-Medieval copper-alloy sword belt fitting with suspension loops, dating to AD 1500 - 1600.

The strap mount is a flat piece of copper alloy, now slightly bent, it is broadly rectangular in plan with trefoil ends. The outer edge of the mount has two opposing rounded lugs with a central rivet hole. The plate is then waisted, after which the upper and lower edges flare and contract along the length with three complete suspension loops on the lower edge. The loops project downwards at 90 degrees from the bottom edge of the mount. A single rivet hole survives located centrally above the central suspension loop, this is filled with some iron corrosion. The front face of the strap mount is decorated with a foliate design in relief, with a flower surrounding the central rivet hole and a leaf design extending to the outer edges. The reverse of the mount is undecorated.

Length: 67.78 mm
Width: 29.82 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 15.24 g

There are parallels recorded on the database, one discovered in Shropshire (HESH-EBC0A1) depicts a very similar stylised leaf decoration. Another, (ref. WILT-5F9183) and also in illustrated in Geake (2001, fig. 17). Geake suggests such fittings 'proliferate in the 16th and 17th centuries' (Geake 2001, 35). Their design and decoration are relatively standardised". Read (2001, page 43 ref 373) illustrates a similar example with three suspension loops which he suggests as a sword belt fitting. Read suggests his example dates to the 16thcentury. 

Read, B, (2001)Metal artefacts of antiquity: a catalogue of small finds from specific areas of the United KingdomLangport, Portcullis Publishing.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 67.78 mm
Width: 29.82 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 15.24 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E9078

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Harborough (District)
Parish or ward: Billesdon (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7103
Four figure Latitude: 52.62013467
Four figure longitude: -0.95267254
1:25K map: SK7103
1:10K map: SK70SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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