WAW-14DF62: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval: Copper alloy vessel rim

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Unique ID: WAW-14DF62

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An incomplete cast copper alloy rim fragment from a copper alloy large posnet or cauldron of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (1400 - 1700 AD).

The rim fragment is irregular in plan, but rectangular in cross section. The internal surface is smooth and polished. Two concentric faint grooves are present, and the rim type consists of a rounded lip. A casting ridge is present running vertically on the exterior surface, probably from the joining of the two halves of the casting mould. The exterior surface is unpolished and shows signs of finishing/filing. The original diameter of the rim is estimated at 17 cm, with 7% of the rim surviving. This section is most likely from the out turned rim of a cauldron or posnet (See Fig 1 in Butler, Green and Payne 2009 for examples of the vessel type). The fragment has broken at the shoulder of the vessel, where the rim begins to turn outwards, which is known to be a weak point.

The rim fragment measures 36.86m in height, 43.19mm wide and 4.18mm thick. It weighs 19.7 grams

The fragment is a dark grey / green colour with an even surface patina.

Body fragments of cast copper alloy cooking vessels are not an unusual find, but are strongly indicative of Medieval and Post Medieval activity in the area. Cooking vessels of this type were in use from as early as AD 1100 and slowly go out of use by 1850, after being superseded by cast iron pots and saucepans (Butler, Green and Payne, 2009, 1).

Reference:

Butler, R., Green, C. and Payne, N. 2009 Cast Copper Alloy Cooking Vessels. Finds Research Group Datasheet 41. Finds Research Group.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 36.86 mm
Width: 43.19 mm
Thickness: 4.18 mm
Weight: 19.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
Parish or ward: Earl's Croome (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8842
Four figure Latitude: 52.07623
Four figure longitude: -2.176504
1:25K map: SO8842
1:10K map: SO84SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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