WILT-3BCC54: Medieval/ post medieval loop

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Unique ID: WILT-3BCC54

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Medieval or early post-medieval copper alloy D-shaped loop, with a projection extending from the straight edge. The loop measures 15.2x13.3mm (16.3mm including projection) x 8.1mm, and has a central oval piercing measuring 7.3 x 6.3mm. The projection is a square, slightly out of kilter, and measures 4.5 x 4.6mm. It projects 3mm. Around the square, flanking each edge, is a deep groove. The surface is rough and the metal a dark green/ blue in colour with tooling marks. It weighs 7.87g.

The loop is unlikely to have performed a swivelling function like those on purse bars, because of its angled projection. However there are no signs of wear through suspension, except around the edge of the central piercing on one side, the edge of which has a slight overhang. This could suggest a side-mounting. It is perhaps most likely to be a handle lug used to suspend a drop handle on a vessel; see Egan 1998, no. 487, which was found in a context probably dating to c. 1270-c. 1350. A parallel from a Welsh hoard of 14th- to 16th-century vessels is also cited here.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 1300
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15.2 mm
Width: 16.3 mm
Thickness: 8.1 mm
Weight: 7.87 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Filkins and Broughton Poggs (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2303
Four figure Latitude: 51.725252
Four figure longitude: -1.668414
1:25K map: SP2303
1:10K map: SP20SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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