SUSS-BD3087: Medieval to Post-medieval : Bridle fitting

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Unique ID: SUSS-BD3087

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy cheek piece from a bridle. The central element of the object is a D shaped ring. The loop of the D is formed by a circular sectioned bar, which widens at each end and terminates in a square piece of copper alloy. Between these square elements a thinner bar of copper alloy forms the straight back of the D. This part is slightly inset. Two further bars of copper alloy extend from either end of this straight side and are bent around towards the loop of the D, each terminating in a large knop. All these elements are cast integrally. There are areas of wear in the centre of the loop and the straight side of the D, consistent with attachment to a strap and bit. The object is worn and much of the original surface has worn away. Where it remains it has a dark green patina. It is late medieval or post medieval in date.

Class: cheekpiece

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 93.4 mm
Width: 47.4 mm
Thickness: 9.6 mm
Weight: 83 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st September 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Arun (District)
To be known as: Yapton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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