LIN-CDD296: Probable copper alloy pen nib

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Unique ID: LIN-CDD296

Object type certainty: Certain
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Two probable copper alloy pen nibs. The nibs are four-sided lanceolate terminals, which taper to a pointed end. The other end is broken. The nib resembles a slender bronze arrowhead however these two examples can be compared to a complete copper alloy pen discovered during excavations at Billingsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames Street, London (Egan, 1998, The Medieval Household, p271, fig. 209 no.898). The discussion in Egan, 1998, p271 suggests a 16th century date for the pen, and includes references to other examples known from England where a 13th century date is tentatively suggested. The nibs measure 19mm in length, and 7mm in diameter.

Find of note status

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Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2
Length: 19 mm
Diameter: 7 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Stixwould and Woodhall (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF1565
Four figure Latitude: 53.1697
Four figure longitude: -0.281086
1:25K map: TF1565
1:10K map: TF16NE
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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