WAW-350E66: Unknown: Unidentified copper ingot

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Unique ID: WAW-350E66

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy object of unknown date and function.

It is rectangular in plan, and section. The upper surface exhibits a central V shaped groove down the length of the object. A central solitary projection (2.86mm wide, 4.08mm tall) is present next to the edge of the groove. The lower surface is undulating and uneven. Pitting is present. It does not appear to have been cast into a mould.

It is a dark green colour, with an even surface patina. Along the edges, patches are present where the bare metal is visible. This could be the result of over-handling or enthusastic cleaning.

It measures 30.06mm in length, 18.72mm wide and 11.52mm tall. The base is 7.59mm thick. It weighs 24.3 grams.

A direct parallel for this object has not yet been found. It is possibly the casting jet, from the bronze casting process or a bronze ingot for another purpose, or it could be a form of gaming counter. It is probably of Post Medieval dating (c1650 to c1850).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.06 mm
Height: 11.52 mm
Width: 18.72 mm
Thickness: 7.59 mm
Weight: 24.3 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bosbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO6844
Four figure Latitude: 52.0934114
Four figure longitude: -2.46850319
1:25K map: SO6844
1:10K map: SO64SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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