KENT-135D20: Medieval pot leg

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Unique ID: KENT-135D20

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A complete cast copper-alloy vessel leg, probably from a cauldron, posnet or skillet, of medieval to post-medieval date, (c.1200 - 1650).

Description: The pot leg is broadly triangular in plan and in cross-section, with a central vertical rib running the length of the leg, flanked by two narrower ribs. From the top, the leg tapers downwards before flaring outwards into a pad-like foot. The central rib extends upwards beyond the top edge and outwards, creating a concave rest for the vessel.  The reverse is flat and plain and the bottom of the foot is irregular due to wear. 

Measurements: length: 47.6mm, width: 22.6mm; thickness: 18.4mm; weight: 50.17g

Discussion: Cast copper alloy vessels were widely used from AD 1200 to 1700 for serving and cooking. Legs and feet are the most commonly recorded finds and Butler Green and Payne, (2009, 4) suggest there were four main types of leg used. This legs ribs, and almost triangular section would suggest it fits Butler, Green & Payne Type A which they suggest seems to have been in widespread use in the medieval period, but early 17th-century examples are also known.

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Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 47.6 mm
Width: 22.6 mm
Thickness: 18.4 mm
Weight: 50.17 g

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Ashford (District)
Parish or ward: Appledore (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ9431
Four figure Latitude: 51.04558675
Four figure longitude: 0.76621024
1:25K map: TQ9431
1:10K map: TQ93SW
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
Butler, R., Green, C. and Payne, N. 2009 Cast Copper-Alloy Cooking Vessels York Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 41

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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