WILT-EEBDA1: Medieval purse bar frame

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Incomplete late medieval copper alloy purse bar or Ward Perkins Type A2, missing approx. half the length of both arms. The purse bar has a swivelling circular loop, pointed oval in section, and 25.9mm in diameter (internal 19mm) which is rather thinner at the top, where it would have been suspended. This passes through the central block and is fixed at the other end with a separate rove. The incomplete bar is 72.5mm in length. It is rectangular in section and has broken at the point where the pierced attachment flange extends below the bar, vertically across the piercing. This would have been where the cloth of the purse was sewn to the frame. The bar has a thickened moulding flanking either side of the central block c.8mm long, which is oval in section. The bar is inscribed on both sides, although msot of the lettering is lost due to the breaks. One side read S/ TE either side of the central block, the other appears to be a half lozenge and a lozenge/ PA?X. The first probably would have been DOMINVS TECVM (the Lord is with you), the second ?Peace. The central block is pierced through the centre and on the underside the piercing is recessed. The central block is shield-shaped and decorated on both sides. On the S/ TE arm side, it is a niello scallop with an inverted V above - possibly an ornate A? The other side of the block has a neillo tau cross with long-stemmed crosses extending to its side from the base. This type of purse bar dates from 1450-1500. Weighs 44.04g.

Class: bar and loop
Sub class: Williams Class A2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1450
Date to: AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 72.5 mm
Weight: 44.04 g
Diameter: 25.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2007

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swindon (Unitary Authority)
District: Swindon (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Wroughton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU1179
Four figure Latitude: 51.509824
Four figure longitude: -1.842891
1:25K map: SU1179
1:10K map: SU17NW
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: WILT
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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