NCL-0061D8: Silver hand hair-pin head

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Unique ID: NCL-0061D8

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


Description of Object

The silver head of a hair pin of the early Roman period.

Silver hair-pin fragment in form of a human hand. The tips of the fingers are broken, leaving only the lower part of the fingers, defined by a series of rather crude incised grooves. The curved thumb in intact, as is the flat disc which separated the pin-head from the shaft. Only a small part of the iron shaft survives.


Roman hair-pins in the form of a human hand are a well-known type. They are Cool's type 7 (1990:157-158), which usually have a fruit or egg grasped between the thumb and forefinger. This example seems slightly larger than normal for the type, and is also unusual because most seem to have been discovered in the south of Britain.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2007T258


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.1 mm
Width: 12 mm
Weight: 7.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 3rd April 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Robert Collins
Identified by: Dr Robert Collins

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2007 T258
Treasure case number: 2007T258

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: Carlisle (District)
Parish or ward: Stanwix Rural (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NY4360
Four figure Latitude: 54.931407
Four figure longitude: -2.891062
1:25K map: NY4360
1:10K map: NY46SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found at detecting rally
Current location: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Cool, H.E.M. 1991 Roman metal hair pins from southern Britain London Royal Archaeological Institute

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NCL
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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