WMID-1E0445: Medieval hawking whistle (possibly) (front, side, back and top views)

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Unique ID: WMID-1E0445

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete cast lead alloy possible dog’s head hawking whistle terminal, dating to the Medieval period, probably between AD 1200 – 1500 (length: 29.5mm; width: 21mm; thickness: 14mm; weight: 25.0g).

The dog’s head terminal is sub-triangular in plan with a hollow circular socket at one end (outer diameter: 14mm; inner diameter: 11.5mm), which continues and tapers downwards inside the artefact’s length. To either side of the socket mouth (left and right), the dog’s sub-triangular ears are depicted flat against the side of the artefact and point downwards. The top of the dog’s head is flat with prominent and protruding ridged eyebrows and slightly incised small eyes. The animal’s nose protrudes outwards from the eyes (length: 10.5mm; width: 8.5mm; thickness: 10.5mm) with a sub-oval flat terminal at the end of the nose. There are no other features or decoration on this artefact and, overall, the terminal is in a worn but fair condition with a light grey patina.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Post AD 1200
Date to: Ante AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.5 mm
Width: 21 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Weight: 25 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 29th August 2006

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Walsall (Metropolitan District)
District: Walsall (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: St. Matthew's (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0399
Four figure Latitude: 52.58879502
Four figure longitude: -1.9571512
1:25K map: SP0399
1:10K map: SP09NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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