SF-1DD8F7: Possible Book Fitting

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Unique ID: SF-1DD8F7

Object type certainty: Possibly
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A small cast copper alloy hinged fitting of probable Post-Medieval or later date. It has a flat triangular plate that tapers to a point, with a central heart shaped perforation. At the edge opposing the point are two integral flaps that are rolled over with a rectangular slot between them designed to hold a now missing iron bar and thus create a hinge. Two circular perforations are noted on the plate itself just below the lugs, presumably for attachment to a larger object, perhaps something like a book. Traces of an added white metal coating are noted on the exterior surface of the plate. The entire object measures 18.20mm in length, 13.68mm in width, 1.50mm in thickness and weighs 1.70g. This example is of probable Post-Medieval or later date, with objects of similar shape and function recorded on the PAS database indicating a possible date range from the 15th to 17th centuries AD (see for example BH-4B4942 or HAMP-CB16B2).


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.2 mm
Width: 13.68 mm
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 1.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st October 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Benhall

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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