LANCUM-A7FD95: Late Medieval copper alloy purse bar with central loop dating 1450-1550AD.

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PURSE

Unique ID: LANCUM-A7FD95

Object type certainty: Certain
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Late Medieval copper alloy purse bar with central loop dating 1450-1550AD. The suspension loop is intact as is the boss which has 8 slightly curved projections and may well have once held a heraldic device and would probably originally have been gilded. The length is 65mm and width 35mm probably an LMMC Type B variant, now Williams Class E1. Purse bars are a category of distinctive purses with metal frames and suspension features by which they are suspended from the girdle ... From the frame, made of iron, tin-plated iron, brass, silver or gold, hangs the leather bag part of the purse. In later centuries, other materials too were used, mainly textile. The frame surrounds the purse's aperture. Therefore it must be wide enough to admit a hand.

Purses were generally suspended from belts during the medieval period, and essentially were simple leather or cloth bags gathered at the neck.

This example has been published by Williams (2018, 7; fig. 15).

Class: bar and loop
Sub class: Williams Class E1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65 mm
Width: 35 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 31st January 2011

Personal details

Recorded by: Mr Stuart Noon
Identified by: Mr Stuart Noon
Secondary identifier: Mr Steve Cocker

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Burnley (District)
To be known as: BURNLEY

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Williams, D. 2018 Copper-alloy Purse Components: A new classification using finds from England and Wales recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme London Finds Research Group 7 15

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: About one month ago

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