LVPL-DB1015: Post Medieval: Crotal bell

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BELL

Unique ID: LVPL-DB1015

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An incomplete cast copper alloy crotal or rumbler bell of probable Post Medieval dating (16th to 17th Centuries AD).

Approximately 25% of the bell is present, with the base and most of the top missing.

The bell is irregular in plan and profile, with an integrally cast sub rectangular suspension loop attached to the top. The edges of the rectangular suspension loop have been bevelled. The body of the bell has broken across one half of the upper section, resulting in the loss of one side of the mouth and the lower hemisphere of the bell. The internal surface exhibits a couple of areas of reddish brown surface deposits, probably from the original iron pea, which is no longer present.

The bell was cast in one piece, using two opposing moulds. This casting method is indicated by the present of two 'sound holes' (internal diameter 3.4mm) which are primarily to assist the positioning of the sand core. This sand core to allow the bell to be cast in one piece as opposed to cast in two separate halves and soldered togther. These two part moulds are split at the central girth rib, and no vertical mould lines are present. The central girth rib performs a useful purpose of accommodating any minor misalignments between the two halves, along with strengthening the bell and preserving the original appearance.

The bell is a light green / silvery grey colour, with an even surface patina.

It measures 27.46mm in length, 25.73mm wide and 24.45mm thick. The metal is 2.05mm thick. It weighs 8.0 grams.

Crotal or rumbler bells in this style and method of construction date from 16th to 17th Centuries AD. However the style continues in use until the late 18th Century, so the bell could be of any date from within that timeframe.

Class: crotal

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.46 mm
Width: 25.73 mm
Thickness: 24.45 mm
Weight: 8 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: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Binham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF9740
Four figure Latitude: 52.921272
Four figure longitude: 0.928951
1:25K map: TF9740
1:10K map: TF94SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found in September 2010

References cited

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Audit data

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

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