SWYOR-B30828: Early Medieval stirrup strap mount

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Unique ID: SWYOR-B30828

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy probable stirrup-strap mount dating from the 11th century. The bottom part of the mount is missing, and it is this end which has the defining features of a stirrup-strap mount, so it's identification is uncertain. It is a triangular object with a worn zoomorphic animal head terminal at the apex. There is a rivet hole beneath this, and then the plate is decorated with niello. The design is unclear; only a pointed oval outline is visible. The break at the bottom is patinated. The reverse is slightly concave but otherwise plain. There is a slight possibility that this is a strap end, similar to the Trewhiddle style ones dating to the 9th century, but it seems too large and thick. If it is a stirrup-strap mount, it probably falls into Williams's Class A, though it is not quite like many of the examples on the database. The closest is perhaps IOW-09B866. The metal has a light green patina which is flaking to reveal purplish metal underneath.

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, no Type

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.8 mm
Width: 21.6 mm
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 9.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 8th October 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 571

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Bassetlaw (District)
To be known as: North Nottinghamshire

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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