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Unique ID: BERK-7DF537

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Cast copper-alloy knobbed mace fitting which from the weight and the discolouration, which is pale white-green, would appear to contain lead. The item is essentially a hollow cylinder with the internal aperture tapering top to bottom from 19.06mm to 16.18mm in diameter. The external decoration is roughly geometric in design comprising of a central band of 4 blunted lozengifrom pyramids with an interlocking band of 4 blunted half lozengiform pyramids both above and below. This decoration effectively gives the item 4 faces and makes the object appear sub-square in section. Such items are usually assigned to the category of mace but this is in the sense that they are of the ceremonial staff variety of mace rather than the offensive weapon variety. The suggestion has been made that such finds are fittings from ecclesiastical staves but this has not been confirmed. Similar examples are already recorded on the databse with an apparent concentration in the Midlands. This piece measures 30.54mm in height (from the top to bottom of the cylinder) and is 31.02mm at its widest point, including knops.

Noted in Daubney's 2007 catalogue (Daubney 2007, 206; cat. no. 19)

Class: Knopped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.54 mm
Width: 31.02 mm
Weight: 69.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st February 2007

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Preston on Stour (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2049
Four figure Latitude: 52.138938
Four figure longitude: -1.709188
1:25K map: SP2049
1:10K map: SP24NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Daubney, A. 2010 Medieval Copper-alloy Mace-heads from England, Scotland and Wales Oxford BAR 206 19

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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