SF-A137D6: Medieval Possible Box Mount

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Unique ID: SF-A137D6

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An incomplete copper alloy mount, probably for a box or casket, of Medieval date. Half of the object is missing due to old breaks. It is flat, rectangular in form and D-shaped in section, and has been bent to an angle of ninety degrees, probably as a result of post-depositional damage. The body of the object has a raised square moulding half way along its length followed by two moulded transverse and projecting bands at the point where the terminal and body meet. The terminal itself is semi-circular in plan with a central circular perforation that contains traces of a possible corroded iron rivet, and an elongated triangular projection extending from the exterior edge. The back face is flat and undecorated. It measures 42.95mm in surviving length (in current bent state), 12.36mm in width at terminal end, 2.95mm in thickness, and weighs 8.90g. The small circular perforation at the terminal end of this object suggest its use as a mount or similar object. A close parallel in the form of a box mount is noted from Medieval London dating to the 13th century AD (Egan 1998: no. 147) and a similar, but complete, example is recorded on the PAS database from Northamptonshire (NARC-D27B94). These suggest a Medieval date of between the 13th and 15th centuries AD for the current example.


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 42.95 mm
Width: 12.36 mm
Thickness: 2.95 mm
Weight: 8.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 3rd April 2009

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Finder's Ref. 090403/3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

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

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
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. 1998 The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) London The Stationery Office no. 147

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Audit data

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

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