SOM-4B5883: SOM-4B5883: Post-Medieval (probable) mount

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Unique ID: SOM-4B5883

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Cast copper alloy side plate from the hilt of a knife. The plate is sub-rectangular in shape. There is a break at one end, but the rest of the plate remains intact and in fairly good condition. The reverse has a raised ridge running along the outside edge, creating a central slot to hoild the tang of the knife, but is otherwise undecorated. The upper face has a central recessed panel with raised letters within it. These are difficult to decipher and this task is made more difficult because the first part of the inscription is missing due to the break. They appear to say [...]MAKE YOUr P[?]N, the central letter of the final word being either O, E or maybe U. The surviving end has a raised section on the upper face, slightly concave in the centre and pierced with a small hole, to allow it to be riveted to the rest of the handle. This end is slightly raised when the object lies flat, but this could be due to later damage, or to allow for a thicker stop at the end of the handle. Length: 44.03mm, Width: 9.34mm, Thickness: 2.05mm Weight: 3.52g

This plate is similar to several more complete examples with different legends on the database: LVPL-BD94F3, KENT64 and NMS-7AFE56. The style of lettering in all the inscriptions suggests a Post-Medieval date, possibly of 16th-mid 18th century date. The style of lettering and inscriptions resemble those found on skillets of around this date.

Find of note status

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

Inscription: [...]MAKE YOUr P[?]N

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.03 mm
Width: 9.34 mm
Thickness: 2.05 mm
Weight: 3.52 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 14th May 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020488

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: West Somerset (District)
To be known as: Holford

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: SOM
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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