GLO-5E8406: 3018 Barrel tap and key

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Unique ID: GLO-5E8406

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast copper alloy tap with a flat openwork trefoil head to the handle. The perforations are large and circular, and below there is a short flat bar which links the handle to the stem. This bears a maker's mark on one side of the key that shows a profile face looking left, with a hooked nose, within a crescent curving around the back of the head. The key fits into a socket which is hexagonally faceted externally. To one side of the socket, the spigot or pipe which brought liquid into the tap is now missing; the curved spout (taking liquid out of the tap) is rectangular in cross-section (7mm wide, 9mm high) with a rectangular aperture and a projection at the top of the curve.

The tap is 44mm long and 12mm high. The handle is 49mm high, 24mm wide and 2mm thick. Overall it weighs 23.19g.

Read shows a similar tap (1995, 97, No.603), which he dates to the 15th and 16th centuries, but excavated examples from Amsterdam are all dated to the early post-medieval period (Baart 1977, 352-6).


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44 mm
Width: 12 mm
Thickness: 49 mm
Weight: 23.19 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 1999

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 3018

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

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: Woodland
Specific landuse: Unknown

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: GLO
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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