WMID-42E97B: Post Medieval: Incomplete spoon finial

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Unique ID: WMID-42E97B

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An incomplete copper alloy seal top spoon finial of Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1500 to AD 1600).

Around 25% of the spoon is present, consisting of the baluster finial only. The finial has a flattened disc top. Beneath the seal top, the stem narrows before expanding into a circular collar decorated by vertical grooves. Then the stem narrows again prior to expanding to a grooved teardrop shape. An old patinated break is present.

It measures 33.7 mm in length, 14.3 mm diameter at the top and the break has a diameter of 4.3 mm. It weighs 9.6 g.

The spoon finial is a mid to dark green colour, with an uneven surface patina.

Spoons with this type of finial are typically of 16th Century dating. A more complete example, 2015T20 (GLO-FE7D79) found in Gloucestershire, still bears makers marks which can more accurately date it to 1592 to 1593. 2016T83 (ESS-15D08E) is another example of the finial top.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.7 mm
Weight: 9.6 g
Diameter: 14.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2021 - Friday 31st December 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Stoke upon Tern (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ6328
Four figure Latitude: 52.84822195
Four figure longitude: -2.55083483
1:25K map: SJ6328
1:10K map: SJ62NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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