WAW-73B4F4: Post Medieval leather working tool: palm guard (plan and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-73B4F4

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An incomplete cast lead leather worker's palm guard. This palm guard is sub-oval in plan. One surface is flat with slightly bevelled edges, and the other face is slightly domed, it is slightly rough and has a sub-circular cell in the centre. The cell has a 17.7mm diameter. A portion of the edge is broken, but this edge is not a recent break. The palm guard may have been open cast in a fresh water mussel or oyster, similar to other examples known. The palm guard measures 71.56mm long, 43.6mm wide and 8.95mm thick. It weighs 130.2g. Leather workers' palm guards are discussed in Bailey (Bailey, G. 1993 Detector Finds 2 pages 64-5) and described as being made of lead, or lead alloy. The final product, when made, was enclosed in a thin leather pouch or wrapped in cloth which would have a hole going through it to match a depression in the lead. The palm guard was then strapped to the hand and would give protection when forcing needles through touch material. Dating of these artefacts is very difficult, although the earliest examples, according to Bailey (1993) date from the 17th century AD, although they may have been in use right through to the 20th century.


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Class: palm guard

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 71.56 mm
Width: 43.6 mm
Thickness: 8.95 mm
Weight: 130.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 26th August 2006

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Warwick (District)
Parish or ward: Warwick (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2963
Four figure Latitude: 52.264403
Four figure longitude: -1.576495
1:25K map: SP2963
1:10K map: SP26SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Bailey, G. 1995 Detector Finds Chelmsford Greenlight Publishing pages 64-5

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Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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