BH-15E1A3: Medieval harness pendant and suspension mount

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Unique ID: BH-15E1A3

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Medieval copper-alloy harness pendant and attached suspension mount.

Both the suspension mount and pendant take the form of a scallop shell. That of the mount is aligned with the convex outer side pointing upwards, while the pendant's points downwards. At the base of the mount is a waisted projection; below this is the hanger, formed by bending backwards a tab containing a vertical slit, forming a loop which holds in place the axis bar. The pendant's hanger is located within this slit, the axis bar passing through its aperture. The surfaces of both the mount and pendant bear three enamelled lines depicting the ridges and grooves of the shell. Traces of gilding are also visible on the surface of the pendant. A flattened rivet is located on the reverse of the mount.

The artefact is heavily corroded. It measures 32.2mm long, 8.4mm wide and 3.1mm thick. The weight is 1.75g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date from certainty: Certain
Date to: Circa AD 1400
Date to certainty: Certain

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.2 mm
Width: 8.4 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 1.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 27th February 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Richard Gibson
Secondary identifier: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 10/98 - 32

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: East Hertfordshire (District)
To be known as: Furneux Pelham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: BH
Created: Thursday 29th July 2010
Updated: Monday 2nd August 2010

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