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Unique ID: SUR-FD3AD2

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A Medieval enamelled copper alloy harness pendant, probably of late 13th or 14th century date. The pendant is heater shield shaped and bears a device of two red (gules) bars set against a field of uncertain metal or colour and with a blue (azure) label of five points across the top. An incomplete round suspension loop projects from the top; this appears to have broken from wear


The incomplete nature of the blazon makes it difficult to attribute this pendant to a particular family or individual. If the retained metal between the enamelled bars was tinned / silver however, then the basic blazon may be described as "argent, two bars gules" which in the date period of this object is associated with the FitzMartin family. The label azure of five points is a mark of cadency, indicating that this is the shield of an eldest son and was attributed during the lifetime of his grandfather. This may allow a speculative attribution to Sir Nicholas FitzMartin, Baron of Cemais (1210-1282), who accompanied the future Edward I in the eighth crusade and was awarded arms in 1270 very similar to those on this object and described in Robert Glover's Ancient Rolle of Armes as being "d’argent a deux barres de goules, ung labell dazure".

Class: Heraldic

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: 25.7 mm
Width: 14.8 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 2.84 g

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Moulsford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU5883
Four figure Latitude: 51.54292534
Four figure longitude: -1.16504412
1:25K map: SU5883
1:10K map: SU58SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: SUR
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Updated: 4 months ago

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