NARC-C5E856: Medieval silver fragment of unknown function (2006 T443) obverse view from Gayton, Northamptonshire

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Unique ID: NARC-C5E856

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A medieval terminal of silver, with rounded shoulders, tapering to a point, so as to give the impression of a leaf. The front surface is raised, and is decorated with three grooves within a chamfered border. The reverse is plain and flat. At the terminal’s widest point there appears the remainder of a square shaft. Its precise function is difficult to determine. The terminal is silver and of pre-industrial manufacture. It is likely to date from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. Dimensions: length 15 mm, width 9 mm. Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.


This find was reported as treasure (2006 T443) and subsequently disclaimed by the crown.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2006 T443


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15 mm
Width: 9 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Steven Ashby
Identified by: Mr James Robinson
Secondary identifier: Dr Steven Ashby

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2006 T443
Treasure case number: 2006 T443

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: South Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Gayton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP6953
Four figure Latitude: 52.170958
Four figure longitude: -0.992496
1:25K map: SP6953
1:10K map: SP65SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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