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Unique ID: SWYOR-5BC2A7
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A complete cast lead object, possibly a palm guard, probably dating from the 17th-20th century (c. AD 1600 - c. AD 2000). This palm guard is sub-circular in plan. It has a shallow central depression at the front. However, the front does not possess any other depressions that might have been used for placing the end of a needle whilst it was being pushed through material. The object has been crudely cast and the reverse is convex. Leather workers' palm guards are discussed in an article in Gordon Bailey's 'Detector Finds 2', 1993, pages 64-5. Most examples of palm guards are made of lead, although some have the addition of tin, which was used to produce a harder metal. The final product, when made, was enclosed in a thin leather pouch or wrapped in cloth which would have a hole going through it to match a depression in the lead. The whole lot was then strapped to the hand and would give protection when forcing needles through touch material. Dating of these artefacts is very difficult, although the earliest examples seem to date from the 17th century AD, although they may have been in use right through to the 20th century (Bailey, 1993, page 64). This one has a smooth grey patina. Similar examples are SUR-B5D907 and IOW-2A8221.
Sub class: Palm guard
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Thickness: 13.12 mm
Weight: 104.8 g
Diameter: 40.64 mm
Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 16th June 2010 - Thursday 16th September 2010
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Other reference: PAS form number 1241
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.
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