IOW-1AA3E8: Late Medieval to Post-Medieval Button

Rights Holder: Isle of Wight Council
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Unique ID: IOW-1AA3E8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete cast copper alloy button of Late Medieval to Early Post-Medieval date (c. AD 1450 – c. AD 1600). Length: 15.0mm; diameter: 13.2mm. Weight: 3.29g. The button is discoidal and solid with a convex front and flat back. At the front it is decorated with a large central boss surrounded by radiating multi-petals. The slightly off-centre shank has a length of 6.5mm with a maximum width of 6.1mm and a thickness of 2.1mm. There is circular off-centre perforation with a diameter of 3.1mm. There are traces of a mid-green patina overall. A close parallel for this button is recorded in Read (2005, 32, ref. 105). Read suggests that these type of buttons are sixteenth century although they may be as early as the late fifteenth century.

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 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15 mm
Weight: 3.29 g
Diameter: 13.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th September 2008

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2008-2-207

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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