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BUCKLE

Unique ID: SF2693

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

Elaborate rectangular buckle-plate or possibly some other mount; very heavily corroded; plate pierced in each corner by a small circular rivet hole for attachment; one of edges has the fragmentary remains of an inset projecting flange which may have originally been rolled over to form a cavity for the inside edge of a buckle frame, this either has billeted or rocker-traced ornament adjacent to its inside edge; the front surface of the plate was once elaborately decorated with a cast or engraved design inlaid with varying coloured enamels, corrosion has now removed much of the enamelling and detailed decoration though the main composition can be reconstructed; the design originally consisted of four circular roundels placed around a central cross with semi-circular (cup-shaped) terminals and an expanded diamond-shaped centre decorated with an octofoil, two patches of opaque blue enamel survive on two of the cross arms; each of the roundels contained a motif, though due to corrosion these cannot be identified (though they may have possibly been birds or beasts), each motif was either inlaid or placed on a ground of enamel, which survives in small areas in three of the roundels; towards the outer edges of the roundels the enamel colour was green whereas that used in the centre appears to have been a polychrome with a blue centre and white exterior; in technique and design this highly decorative object is related to the Limoges school of enamelling.

Notes:

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Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Post AD 1200
Date to: Ante AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45 mm
Width: 42 mm
Thickness: 2.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st May 2000

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: G

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: SUFFOLK BRAMFORD

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: Tuesday 13th June 2000
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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