NLM6049: Horn Book.

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Unique ID: NLM6049

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Fragment of a lead cast horn book, only one corner with lettering on one side, decoration on other.

Full-size hornbooks (of wood and horn or mica) were used as teaching aids, but it seems likely that small lead versions were toys; most seem to be 17th-century in date (Lewis 2012, 98-101).


Checked following Sophie Catley. Dating completed (unamended). Drawing ref. added.

Class: hornbook


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21 mm
Width: 21.7 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Weight: 5.29 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Marina Elwes
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM3311

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Unknown

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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