ESS-BFFDC4: ESS-BFFDC4 Early Medieval vessel mount

Rights Holder: Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service
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Early Medeival cast copper alloy vessel escutcheon or mount. It is circular in plan, with the upper surface decorated with a cast design of a central boss surrounded by two concentric rings and a design of seven running spirals. The raised border is damaged, however the remains of a cast 'beaded' ring is still visible. There is no obvious means of attachment for the piece, however there is a small circular scar on the reverse, which could be all that remains of the fittings. The reverse is plain and undecroated and the edge is damaged. It is 34.33mm in diameter, 4.47mm thick and weighs 15.55 grams. It has a dark brown patina with traces of gilding in the recessed areas.

Class: Mount

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.47 mm
Weight: 15.55 g
Diameter: 34.33 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2010 - Friday 30th April 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OEF 6282

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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Updated: 8 years ago

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