HESH-92FA63: Medieval: Annular Buckle - Pin

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Unique ID: HESH-92FA63

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An incomplete cast copper alloy pin from an annular buckle, of late Medieval to Post Medieval dating (1350 to 1720 AD).

The pin is sub rectangular in plan, and rectangular in cross section. The shank of the pin tapers to a blunt end. The head of the pin consisted of a cast circular loop, approximately 25% of the loop is now present, having being broken in antiquity. On the back of the pin, directly below the loop, is a semi circular depression. A small tranverse ridge, extending partially down the length of the pin is present. This ridge has been decorated by two small grooves.

The pin is a dark green colour, with an uneven broken patina. Minor abrasion has resulted in the patchy loss of the patina from predominately one side of the pin. In these areas, the surface of the pin is a lighter green colour. These areas should be monitored for signs of active copper corrosion (bright green powdery residue). To reduce the risk of active corrosion, the pin should be stored in a controlled dry acid-free environment (sealed Stewart box with silica gel and acid-free tissue).

It measures 39.30mm in length, 4.67mm wide and 6.64mm thick. It weighs 3.9 grams.

This pin is probably originally from an annular buckle, of Medieval to Post Medieval dating (1350 - 1720 AD), but it is possible that it could have originated from an annular brooch. However the robusticity of the pin would suggest a more utilitarian function such as a buckle. Several similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database including NCL-2B9D01, SWYOR-43F3B1and IOW-2B8B46.

Class: pin

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1720

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.3 mm
Width: 4.67 mm
Thickness: 6.64 mm
Weight: 3.9 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: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
Parish or ward: Spaxton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2539
Four figure Latitude: 51.14533
Four figure longitude: -3.073553
1:25K map: ST2539
1:10K map: ST23NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found at Spaxton Rally, Somerset
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

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Audit data

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

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