SF7057: handle lug chafing dish VESSEL

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Unique ID: SF7057

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast copper-alloy handle lug from a vessel, probably a chafing dish. It has a circular loop, 16 mm in diameter and 4.5 mm thick, with a central perforation 7 mm in diameter. From one edge a short integral rivet projects, and there is a flaring collar at the junction of rivet and loop. Although this object looks superficially like a swivel, as the rivet is distinctly oval in section (5 x 6 mm) it would not have turned freely within a loop. In addition, drop handle lugs are well-known from surviving chafing dishes and, occasionally, other vessels.


A drop handle terminal was also found at the same time (sf7056) and the two could easily be from the same vessel.

Class: chafing dish
Sub class: handle lug


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 1300
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 7.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st August 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: Mid Suffolk (District)

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

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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