HAMP-5728D8: Medieval purse hanger

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PURSE

Unique ID: HAMP-5728D8

Object type certainty: Certain
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An almost complete medieval cast copper-alloy purse hanger. This is a three arched example formed of a large semicircle flanked by two smaller ones; both of the side semicircles survive; one has been bent slightly to one side as a result of old damage and its terminal lost. There are moulded cusps in the external angles between the arches, delineated by incised diagonal lines on the upper surface. The central arch has a closed top with a short prong at each end, within which an inverted keyhole-shaped opening. The extant terminal is slightly recessed for a bar mount hook beyond a moulding; beyond this is a collared knop. At the other terminal the recessed area and knop have broken off, as discussed. The artefact has a dark-grey patina with some patches of off-white corrosion product. The lower surface is flat and without the mouldings of the front. A parallel can be found in Egan and Pritchard (1991, 223; ref. 1197); these date to the second half of the 14th century. Purse hangers are generally dated to the 13th century (Geake 2001, 43).

Notes:

Purse hangers were freely swinging, held at each end, usually by a bar mount, to a girdle. When they were not used to attach purses to belts such objects were often used to attach knives.

Class: hanger

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.5 mm
Width: 20.1 mm
Thickness: 3.15 mm
Weight: 5.33 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: E3110; UKDFD Ref. No. - 29910

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Basingstoke and Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Hurstbourne Priors (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4347
Four figure Latitude: 51.220584
Four figure longitude: -1.385672
1:25K map: SU4347
1:10K map: SU44NW
WOEID: 26350827
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: Thursday 7th July 2011
Updated: Thursday 7th July 2011

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