WMID-1738A6: Post medieval hawking vervel (front, reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-1738A6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A medieval vervel, consisting of a flat circular disc with a large central aperture. On one side is inscribed the word "Prince" with sprigs of foliage, on the other side the word "Edward", again with decorative sprigs of foliage engraved in the remaining space. The inscription and engraving suggest a date in the fifteenth century.

The inscription might be interpreted in two ways. It might be linked to an owner of the name "Edward Prince" or it might refer to a "Prince Edward". The two most likely fifteenth century princes of the name "Edward" are Edward, son of Henry VI, or Edward, son of Edward IV, later Edward V.

The vervel is silver and dates from the fifteenth century.

Dimensions: external diameter 18 mm, internal diameter 9 mm.


Consequently, 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.

Class: Hawking
Inscription: Prince Edward

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Declared Treasure but returned to Finder as Museum unable to acquire

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T62


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 2.2 g
Diameter: 17.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 30th August 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Duncan Slarke
Identified by: Mr Duncan Slarke
Secondary identifier: Mr James Robinson

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2009 T62
Treasure case number: 2009T62

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Eaton Bray CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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