IOW-75D806: Post-Medieval Powder Measure Cap

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POWDER MEASURE

Unique ID: IOW-75D806

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete and misshapen cast lead cap for a powder measure of post-Medieval date (1600-1700). The cap was used for measuring a charge of gunpowder. It is squashed and misshapen and there is a ragged tear at the edge of the closed end. Originally, the open end would have been circular or perhaps oval in plan. The open end has a slight rim and the sides tapered to the oval base. At each end of the base is an integral loop for attachment. Above one of the loops there is a vertical casting seam with a small amount of sprue. The surfaces have superficial lead corrosion products. 20.0 x 31.6 x 20.7mm. Weight: 25.92g. (the weight includes a small amount of soil within). The loops enabled the cap to be attached separately to the bandolier (belt) of the wearer so that they could be removed without the possibility of being dropped and lost. The cap would have been part of a powder-charger or powder-holder, a small flask holding enough powder for a complete charge for the weapon. A series of these holders were attached to the bandolier. For information on small arms accessories of the seventeenth century, see: Courtney, P. 1988. "Small Arms Accessories of the Mid-Seventeenth Century". Finds Research Group 700 - 1700.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20 mm
Width: 31.6 mm
Thickness: 20.7 mm
Weight: 25.92 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 30th September 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2009-2-324

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

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: Thursday 15th October 2009
Updated: Monday 21st March 2011

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