PAS-8ED883: 2006 T326, Post-Medieval silver fragment possibly part of a bell from Kenilworth, Warwickshire

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Unique ID: PAS-8ED883

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

post-medieval silver fragment Round piece of silver sheet hammered into hemispherical shape, central hole. Possibly upper part of a bell for hawking or dress. Bells were worn as accessories to dress in the 15th C but surviving examples are usually made of base metal, see Egan and Pritchard, Dress Accessories, pp. 336-7. This artefact could also be part of a hawking bell, attached one to each leg of a hawk with leather rings so as to jangle when the hawk moved. Joseph Strutt describes hawking bells in his Sports and Pastimes of the People of England of 1801, p. 26. He explains that silver might be used to improve the tone of the bell, to sound quietly but clearly and not to weigh down the hawk too much; the two bells were also supposed to have different tones. Silver goshawk bells were famously made in Milan, Italy and were known as Milan bells. In his play, A Woman killed with Kindness (1617) Thomas Heywood comments of a hawk: Her bells, Sir Francis, had not both one waight Nor was one semitone above the other. Me thinkes these Milane bels do sound too full And spoile the mounting of your hawk. 15th-17th C. 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.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2006 T326


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1699

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st August 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Barton
Identified by: Ms Dora Thornton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2006 T326
Treasure case number: 2006 T326

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Warwick (District)
To be known as: Kenilworth

Spatial coordinates

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

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