SWYOR-3BF5C7: Late Medieval Chafing Dish

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Unique ID: SWYOR-3BF5C7

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Cast copper alloy rim fragment of an early Late Medieval (c.1400-1500) chafing dish. Only part of the rim and one of the characteristic 'spikes' survive. It appears to be roughly flat on top, the side becoming steeper towards the inside. An integrally cast vessel support angles upwards and outwards from the upper surface of the rim. It is trapazoidal in section, the thickness tapering to a flat top. The end of the rim is smooth and finished, suggesting this was the end of the dish rim. The rim has thin grooves on the inside and outside but is otherwise undecorated. The fragment has a dark grey-green patina. Please also see PAS record ID: BH-391592.

Chafing dishes were domestic utensils made of metal or earthenware for holding burning charcoal or other combustible material. This was then used for cooking or to keep food hot at the table, the food being in another vessel which would have rested above the coals on these supports round the rim of the chafing dish.

Length: 34.3mm; Width: 30.3mm; Thickness: 10.3mm; Weight: 22g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.3 mm
Width: 30.3 mm
Thickness: 10.3 mm
Weight: 22 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 14th April 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Mary Blevins
Identified by: Ms Mary Blevins

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1464

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Fulford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE6048
Four figure Latitude: 53.924668
Four figure longitude: -1.087812
1:25K map: SE6048
1:10K map: SE64NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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