LON-988BC3: A complete Medieval to Post Medieval cast copper alloy suspension mount probably dating 15th – 16th century.

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Unique ID: LON-988BC3

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A complete Post Medieval cast copper alloy suspension mount dating 16th - 17th century. The mount is a narrow shield-shape with two rivet holes aligned along the mid-line and a loop for suspension set at 90º to the mount. The mount has three crudely carved diagonal lines across the front surface. The edges at each end of these carved lines are slightly incurved. The reverse has a rough surface left over from casting. The suspension loop shows signs of wear and is thinner on the front edge. The rivet holes in the body of the mount suggest attachment to a leather or cloth strap, one has a slightly greater diameter than the other.

A very similar object is illustrated in Read (2008:228 no. 819) which he describes as possible from a sword-belt, dating 16Th - 17th century and invariably mistaken for a harness pendant (see Ashley 2002, 13; no. 100).

Dimensions: length: 47.35mm; width: 18.41mm; thickness: 2.34mm; weight: 8.88g.

Reference: Read, B. 2008. Hooked-Clasps and Eyes. A Classification and Catalogue of Sharp- or Blunt-Hooked Clasps and Miscellaneous Hooks, Eyes, Loops, Rings or Toggles. Portcullis Publishing, Langport, Somerset.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 47.35 mm
Width: 18.41 mm
Thickness: 2.34 mm
Weight: 8.88 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st December 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Felicity Winkley
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Heraldic
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Limehouse (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3680
Four figure Latitude: 51.50258
Four figure longitude: -0.041959
1:25K map: TQ3680
1:10K map: TQ38SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the Thames foreshore.
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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