BERK-F076E2: Post Medieval Belt Fastener

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Unique ID: BERK-F076E2

Object type certainty: Certain
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Post medieval cast copper alloy S-shaped belt hook with zoomorphic terminals. Dated to the 16th or 17th century. It is formed of a single piece of copper alloy curled round at either end to act as a fixing for a belt. Each end is cast with a narrow snout or beak with an incised line for a mouth, brow ridges in relief and small incised dots for eyes. There is also a pattern of scales or feathers on the curves (which would be the back of the ‘necks’ of the animals which are perhaps intended to be snakes or swans. The hook also has a cast decorative band around the centre with leaf or feather shapes extending from both sides towards the snakes heads. Dated c.1550-1650 AD.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to Landowners
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.42 mm
Width: 18.34 mm
Thickness: 6.73 mm
Weight: 15.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st September 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Charlotte Burrill
Identified by: Ms Charlotte Burrill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Clanfield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Returned to Landowners
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

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

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