SUSS-53B740: Medieval - Post Medieval chafing dish handle

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Unique ID: SUSS-53B740

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A cast copper alloy chafing dish handle. The handle has a sub-trapezoid frame in plan, with the longer edge, opposite the attachment lug, shaped into a double curve with central indent like a heart. It is hexagonal in cross section with a carination running down the centre of the inner and outer side. The attachment lug fitting to the chaffing dish is still in place. This is a thick, flat lug, oval in plan with a square projection to one side from which projects the short, broad, circular rivet that went through the side of the vessel. It measures 58.9mm long including the the attachment loop, 57.5mm wide and 14.8mm thick; it weighs 39.5g.

Chafing dishes were domestic utensils made of metal or earthenware for holding burning charcoal or other combustible material. This was then used to cook food or keep it hot at the table. This particular handle is from a type B1 chafing-dish. This type of dish dates to 1450 - 1550 AD (Lewis, J.M. 1973 'Some types of metal chafing-dish' Antiquaries Journal, Volume 53 pp. 60-70 Society of Antiquaries.)

Class: handle

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 58.9 mm
Width: 57.5 mm
Thickness: 14.8 mm
Weight: 39.5 g

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Lewes (District)
To be known as: Ringmer

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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