DOR-173638: 173638. Possibly medieval stylus/pen

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Unique ID: DOR-173638

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy pen Medieval date. A cast copper-alloy pen with a lozenge faceted and twisted shaft. The shaft narrows into a plain, circular sectioned length at the distal end and and terminates in a rounded knop. There is a similar plain, narrow section between the faceted decoration and the lanceolate end. The lanceolate end has four curving, flat foils and tapers to a point. The shaft has been bent. See Egan, G, 1998, Medieval Household, no. 898.
Date: Probably Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval - c. 1400 - 1550
Dimensions: 84.56 mm x 6.30 mm x 6.27 mm
Weight: 5.96 g

A similar examples are recorded on the PAS database in records NARC-DA7F11 & NARC-7DB472. This one is in good condition and is a little more ornate than the published example.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 84.56 mm
Width: 6.3 mm
Thickness: 6.27 mm
Weight: 5.96 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 16th April 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney
Secondary identifier: Mr Robert Webley

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Chettle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9414
Four figure Latitude: 50.92542252
Four figure longitude: -2.0867394
1:25K map: ST9414
1:10K map: ST91SW
WOEID: 26346447
What3Words: wires.eradicate.cattle
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: Monday 21st May 2007
Updated: Tuesday 6th October 2015

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