LON-98D167: A late Medieval – early Post Medieval gold mount in the shape of a Gothic letter “a” dating 15th – early 16th century.

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Unique ID: LON-98D167

Object type certainty: Certain
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A medieval fitting in the shape of a Gothic letter, possibly the letter "a". On the reverse there are two studs; that were used to fix the letter to a leather or fabric strap. The fitting is gold and dates from the fifteenth or early sixteenth century. Dimensions: length 8 mm, width 6 mm. Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996. J P Robinson

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T44


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 7.46 mm
Width: 6.14 mm
Thickness: 2.79 mm
Weight: 0.33 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mr James Robinson
Secondary identifier: Mr John Clark

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010T44

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Bridge (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 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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Recording Institution: LON
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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