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Unique ID: GLO-BCB085

Object type certainty: Certain
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 A silver gilt square-diamond shaped mount made from silver foil. Decoration shows a standing king waring heavy robes, a crown ornamented with three large spearheads and pellet jewels in between. In his left hand he holds the orb surmounted by a cross with pellet terminals (globus cruciger) and in his right is the Sovereign's Sceptre that has a trifurcated terminal.  The face of the king has a large bulbous nose flanked by pellet eyes and medium length hair. To the left of the figure is a Lombardic H similar to the letter H from coins of the 15th century. In the right field is a flower or rose formed from a central pellet surrounded by five smaller oval petals. This is all surrounded by a triple border formed from an internal line/pellet border/beaded border outer. The decoration utilises the repousse technique having been stamped from the rear, perhaps from a single die. The four edges of the plate are also curved back towards the rear. The recessed areas of the plates have been gilded, the letter, rose and monarch have not been treated in order to help them stand out. There is a rivet hole in each corner, the top and right ones are damaged.

No parallel can be found for this mount. However, the style of the bust and crown is common on the coin of the 14th and 15th century. Moreover, the style of the H is also a typical feature of 15th century coinage.  The artefact itself could have been mounted to a strap, although application on to a book should not be discounted.  The letter H may allude to Henry and assuming a 15th century date, this could be referencing either Henry V, Henry VI or Henry VII.  The rose to the right could allude to the house of Lancaster (having only one row of petals as opposed to the double row of petals for the Tudor rose). Finally and perhaps most speculatively, the rose symbolism became much more prominent during the War of the Roses (1455–85) therefore could we question whether this is depicting Henry VI  (1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.8 mm
Width: 18.6 mm
Thickness: 0.45 mm
Weight: 0.51 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st September 2021 - Sunday 3rd April 2022

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gloucestershire (County)
District: Tewkesbury (District)
Parish or ward: Highnam (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8019
Four figure Latitude: 51.86921261
Four figure longitude: -2.2918821
1:25K map: SO8019
1:10K map: SO81NW
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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