LON-84F568: A Post Medieval lead alloy shy cock (18th century).

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Unique ID: LON-84F568

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A Post Medieval lead alloy shy cock (18th century). This object has been cast to form a crudely shaped cockerel. No detail is depicted. The cockerel stands on a circular base which allows it to be free-standing. Dimensions: length: 22.62mm; width: 16.91mm; thickness: 7.96mm; weight: 5.60g.


Forsyth & Egan (2005:239) explains that shy-cocks may have derived from the Shrove Tuesday pursuit of casting stones or cudgels at a live cockerel which was either tied down or buried up to its neck in the ground. Reference: Forsyth, H. and Egan, G. 2005. Toys, Trifles and Trinkets. Base Metal Miniatures from London 1200 to 1800. Unicorn Press, London.

Class: Shy cock

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: AD 1700
Date to: AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.62 mm
Width: 16.91 mm
Thickness: 7.96 mm
Weight: 5.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st April 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Southwark (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Cathedrals (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.503528
Four figure longitude: -0.099555
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the foreshore
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

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

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