IOW-1AA912: Medieval to Post-Medieval Tap

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Unique ID: IOW-1AA912

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete cast copper alloy tap of Medieval to Post-Medieval date (c. AD 1350 – c. AD 1600). Length: 46.7mm; width; 31.1mm; thickness: 10.3mm; weight: 16.38g. The tap has an incomplete ‘fleur-de-lis’ handle although some parts of it are missing due to breaks. The base of the handle expands slightly at the front and back to form a bevelled neck. Below the neck is a solid cylindrical shaft, 20.8mm in length. The shaft tapers slightly: below the neck the diameter is 10.1mm and at the opposite end it has a diameter of 8.7mm. Close to the end there is a transverse hole that allowed the flow of liquid. This hole is an elongated oval shape and measures approximately 6.0mm x 3.4mm. This tap has a mid-green patina overall and has horizontal file marks on both faces of the handle. The edges of the handle have also been filed. A tap of similar design has been recorded from archaeological excavations in London and dated c. 1350-1400 (Egan 1998. ‘The Medieval Household: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London’. 242, fig. 189, ref. 746). However, similar forms of taps may have carried on into the early Post-Medieval period.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.7 mm
Width: 31.1 mm
Thickness: 10.3 mm
Weight: 16.38 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th February 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford
Secondary identifier: Mr David W Williams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2009-1-90

Materials and construction

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

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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