LEIC-11B604: Bird Feeder

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BIRD FEEDER

Unique ID: LEIC-11B604

Object type certainty: Probably
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A late Medieval to Post-Medieval lead alloy vessel, dating to AD 1400 - 1700. Possibly a bird feeder. The vessel is complete though now flattened. It has a flat, D shaped base and vertical sides which then flare at the top. The vessel is undecorated. 

Height: 39 mm
Width: 66 mm
Weight: 85 g

A number of similar items, also thought to have been bird feeders are recorded on the database: compare for example records NLM-5B5E86 and GAT-193786. See Egan 2005 ("Material Culture in London in an Age of Transition", Museum of London) p128-9 for similar items identified as bird feeders from excavated examples and contemporary illustrations. Egan states that these were used for holding water, green plants or seed for caged birds, and that "decorated troughs seem to date from the late 15th/16th centuries and later, while plainer versions continue at least until the late 17th century". 

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Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 39 mm
Width: 66 mm
Weight: 85 g

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: North West Leicestershire (District)
Parish or ward: Coleorton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK4016
Four figure Latitude: 52.74015594
Four figure longitude: -1.40897124
1:25K map: SK4016
1:10K map: SK41NW
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: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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