SF7370: drop handle chafing dish VESSEL

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Unique ID: SF7370

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Heart-shaped drop handle from a chafing dish, similar to that illustrated by Lewis as his Type B1. Made from cast copper alloy, it is rectangular in cross-section and has a flat top and two slightly unsymmetrical lobes. Around the flat top is wrapped a length of copper-alloy strip formed into a figure-of-eight with a short straight section between the two loops. The lower loop holds the handle and the upper loop presumably served to attach it to the vessel. Length without looped strip, 48 mm; total length, 60 mm. Chafing dishes held burning coals and kept serving dishes hot; these drop handles enabled them to be carried around without gloves.

Class: drop handle and handle lug
Sub class: Lewis type ABC

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 60 mm
Width: 60 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 33.59 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st September 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: NACTON

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: About one month ago

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