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Unique ID: NMGW3103

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Lead, or lead alloy (pewter), slightly domed button with a large attachment loop. The button is decorated with a moulded quatrefoil design. Diameter 14mm, weight 5.8 grams. Although lead is a soft metal, and therefore inherently unsuitable for use as a button, the ease with which it could be moulded ad its relative cheapness led to it being used for such a purpose (Bailey 1997, 38). Study of the flash lines on this example suggest that it was cast in a three-part mould. Comparable lead buttons are known from thirteenth century contexts in London (i.e. Egan 1991, 274, no.1376, fig.178) although this example is more closely paralleled by a fifteenth century example (Egan 1991, 274, no.1381, fig.178).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Post AD 1400
Date to: Ante AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.8 g
Diameter: 14 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 17th November 1999

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA: 99.111.40

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
District: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llanrhidian Higher (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS5597
Four figure Latitude: 51.653037
Four figure longitude: -4.097425
1:25K map: SS5597
1:10K map: SS59NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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