WILT-175AD7: Late Medieval/ Early Post-Medieval Button

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Unique ID: WILT-175AD7

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A Medieval/ Post-Medieval copper alloy button in the form of a heart, with both halves of the face obliquely-angled forward towards thickened sides (max.4.48mm thick) from a deep groove at the centre (1.54mm thick).

The face is decorated with randomly placed tiny circular punch marks on each face and a double groove flanking the edge, filled with equally interspersed transverse grooves. Around the thickened edges is a central groove with transverse grooves across it. To the reverse projects an integral D-shaped loop with a circular piercing, 3.62mm in diameter.

Measures 19.97x16.10x14.99mm and weighs 7.01g.

A similar example may be seen in Read (2005, p.14, no.40), which he dates to the 15th century. However, Read also points out that buttons with this style of shank continued into, and perhaps beyond, the 17th century. Therefore it is possible that this button is of a later, Post-Medieval date.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.97 mm
Width: 16.1 mm
Thickness: 14.99 mm
Weight: 7.01 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st September 2010 - Wednesday 3rd November 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: WHM 303

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Malmesbury

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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