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NMS-65A164: Medieval spur buckle

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Unique ID: NMS-65A164

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Medieval copper-alloy spur buckle with integral plate. It tapers in width from the outside edge of the frame to the opposite tip of the plate. The frame is D-shaped (flat outside edge) and almost plano-convex in cross-section (more or less flat internally). There is a very short, rectangular-cross-sectioned element projecting outward, not centrally, from the outside edge.

On the plate, just beyond the inside edge of the frame, there is a sub-circular element, which is convex at the sides and concave on the reverse. It is perforated and currently has a short piece of iron protruding forwards from it, which is perhaps a remnant of the pin. Beyond this, the proximal (or attachment) end of the plate is lentoid when viewed from the front and plano-convex in cross-section. There is an integral circular-cross-sectioned rivet projecting from the reverse.

Similar to Whitehead (2003) No. 193. A good parallel on this database is SUSS-3F54B8. Mid-13th to 14th century.

Length: 29.7mm. Width: 12.9mm. Thickness (excluding iron protrusion and rivet): 3.0mm, (excluding iron protrusion, including rivet): 7.0mm. Weight: 2.7g.

Class: spur

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.7 mm
Width: 12.9 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 2.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 18th January 2020 - Tuesday 18th February 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: ENMD032020

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
Parish or ward: Shelland (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM0060
Four figure Latitude: 52.2019308
Four figure longitude: 0.92530238
1:25K map: TM0060
1:10K map: TM06SW
Grid reference source: From 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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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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