NMGW-097C90: Copper alloy vessel escutcheon and handle, probably Roman.

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Unique ID: NMGW-097C90

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Copper alloy vessel escutcheon and handle, probably of Roman period date. The handle comprises a looped escutcheon attached to the lower part of a handle. The rear or inside of the escutcheon has a rectangular plate (44.54 x 46.6mm) with a trapezoidal knop at the base (14.2mm long and 13.92mm wide). There are three perforations (of 3mm diameter) at the base of the escutcheon, two at the corners and one irregularly placed within the knop. The interior of the escutcheon has a shield-shaped or sub-triangular silvered mark (29.3mm high and 30.5mm wide), presumably as a result of a lost decorative mount, which was soldered on to the plate. The front of the escutcheon is shorter on the exterior, with a height of 18.5mm. The base of the front has a raised flange (6.7mm thick) decorated with short incised marks. The sides are decorated with shoulders. At the centre, below the loop, is a decorative moulded triangle. The escutcheon has little curvature, indicating a vessel of wide rim diameter. The bend covering the rim has a maximum depth of 10mm. The integral loop has an external diameter of 33.8mm and an internal diameter of 14.3mm. The interior of the loop is rounded and the exterior is faceted. The loop has a width of 12.47mm. A second similar loop has been cast into the escutcheon loop. The handle loop has similar dimensions (external diameter of 33.9mm and an internal diameter of 14.3mm) and is of similar section. Above the loop are two upward facing ‘horns’. The handle has moulded decoration, comprising a convex panel of faceted circular section (with a maximum diameter of 17.39mm) defined by raised borders (with a maximum diameter of 19.08mm). Beyond the second border is a curved spike (44mm long), which is likely to have been inserted into an organic handle of bone, horn or wood. The spike is perforated (3mm diameter) and contains a copper alloy pin of wrapped sheet bronze intended to secure the handle. The spike has grey white surface deposits, probably the remnants of some form of adhesive. The handle and escutcheon together weigh 289.7g. The surface is generally poorly preserved and has mid-green to pale-brown patina where there is surface survival, elsewhere the copper alloy is pale green.


This artefact would appear to be unusual, the large rim diameter and handle may suggest a vessel similar to a bucket. The design is elaborate with a comparatively difficult two-piece casting to produce the joined escutcheon and handle. The style and form of decoration suggest a Roman period date for the handle, although no close parallel for the artefact has been found by the author.

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Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 289.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ruth Battye
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA 2005.119.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Kington Langley (Civil Parish)

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Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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