NMS-164FC4: Medieval mirror case

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Unique ID: NMS-164FC4

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval Mirror case with part of one half missing. There are three unusual details. Firstly, the punched decoration on both faces, otherwise an almost standard cruciform motif, as in Dress Access. nos.1714-6, includes a perimeter composed of a double row of roughly triangular stamps. Short lengths of radial punched lines occur in at least two of the interstices on the lid and in only one on the base. Secondly, both sets of single and double lugs are pierced, although only the hinge is set with a copper alloy spindle. Thirdly, on one side of one half, midway between the lugs, there is an additional single pierced lug, probably for suspension. This is matched by a very slight projection from the equivalent point of the other half. All three points of distinction are shared by an example from Westbury, Bucks (Ivens et al. 1995, 355, fig.152 no.53). Diameter 32mm, Thickness 6.5mm. Width including lugs 46mm. c.1270 - c.1350.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1270
Date to: AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 46 mm
Thickness: 6.5 mm
Diameter: 32 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ellen Bales
Identified by: Dr Andrew Rogerson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Grimston

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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