ESS-8E86D1: 2010 T164

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Unique ID: ESS-8E86D1

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TREASURE CASE 2010 T164: Silver handle
Silver handle in the form of a snake. The sinuous form, adapted to the requirements of a vessel handle, provides a looped grip and two contact points with the (now missing) vessel body. Both points preserve remains of the joining solder. A schematic punched 'scaly' design is present on the outer surface, while the rhomboidal head of the snake is depicted with eyes and parted jaws. Although passingly similar to Roman snake jewellery the form, style and craftsmanship are not closely paralleled by Roman work. Nor has it been possible to assign the handle to another era or culture.

The metal composition, especially of the solder, is suggestive of a relatively modern origin for the object.

Date: uncertain, but probably modern.

Dimensions: height 44.9 mm. Weight: 11.72 g.

The find likely dates to later than 1710 and as such falls outside the provisions of the Treasure Act 1996. Ralph Jackson Dept. of Prehistory & Europe British Museum 15th April 2011

Class: Handle

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T164


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Date from: AD 1710

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 44.9 mm
Weight: 11.71 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 11th February 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean
Secondary identifier: Ralph Jackson

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010T164

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Colchester (District)
To be known as: Colchester District

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: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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