KENT-DF2A07: A cast copper alloy Medieval mount

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An incomplete cast copper alloy Medieval stirrup strap mount from the late 11th century. It is sub-triangular in shape. There is an integral loop at the top; at approximately the centre of the mount is a pair of off-centred lobes. The interior of the mount is decorated with four downward curving lines of indentations, which were most likely inlaid, now missing; the top three lines of indentations have three each, and the bottom line has four. There is some remaining red niello between the third and last line; this area appears to protrude from the mount, and may be a debased animal head (Williams 1997, 78). The back is mostly flat with a convex lip following the edge of the mount, except along the bottom, where it is straight; this straight section contains the remains of an iron rivet. The mount is in fair condition, with corrosion and missing decorative niello. Williams Class A type 17. It measures 34.1 mm L x 30.7 mm W x 13.4 mm H and weighs 26.1 g.

Williams, D. 1997. Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts: A Classification and Catalogue. York: Council for British Archaeology

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, Type 17

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.1 mm
Height: 13.4 mm
Width: 30.7 mm
Weight: 26.1 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Miles
Identified by: Mr Martin Miles
Secondary identifier: Miss Karen Dunford

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
Parish or ward: Temple Ewell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2844
Four figure Latitude: 51.14982
Four figure longitude: 1.258678
1:25K map: TR2844
1:10K map: TR24SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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