LIN-18C655: Bell -  incomplete copper-alloy crotal bell

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BELL

Unique ID: LIN-18C655

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete, cast, copper-alloy, post-medieval spherical bell dating to c.AD 1500 - 1700.

The sub-rectangular suspension loop at the top is c 16.12 mm in length, 10.73 mm in height, 4.33 mm thick and has a small sub-circular aperture, measuring approximately c 6.37 mm in height, c.7.02 mm in width. The upper and lower hemispheres are divided by a prominent horizontal circumferential joining rib. At either side of the suspension loop, about halfway down the side of the upper hemisphere, is a circular sound hole. Each is c.5.66 mm in diameter. Two sound holes in the lower hemisphere are integral with a sound 'slot', running directly underneath and parallel in direction to the suspension loop, although this is now largely broken and missing.

The upper hemisphere is worn, the lower hemispheres ais decorated with an inscribed sunburst or foliate (elongated ovoid radiating petal) pattern where each 'ray', 'leaf' or 'petal' has been incised with straight longitudinal lines which echo the sunbursts. A spherical iron sound-'pea' still moves in the belly of the bell. There is a bell-founders mark of a 'T' shape hammer in an inscribed semi-circle shape just above the sound slot. The design is badly disturbed by a big gash.

Bells of this type were used on animals from the late medieval period through to the nineteenth century. The diameter of this bell, at 38.15 mm, is quite large and it is possible it was for use by cattle rather than sheep.

Dimensions: 42.88 mm in height; 38.15 mm in diameter; 35.48g in weight.

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 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 42.88 mm
Weight: 35.48 g
Diameter: 38.15 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
Parish or ward: Girton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8266
Four figure Latitude: 53.18478624
Four figure longitude: -0.77435296
1:25K map: SK8266
1:10K map: SK86NW
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

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Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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