IOW-EC2955: Post-Medieval Tongs

Rights Holder: Isle of Wight Council
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Unique ID: IOW-EC2955

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

One terminal of a pair of post-Medieval tongs (c. 1600-c. 1700 AD).
These tongs were used by tobacco pipe smokers to pick up burning embers to ignite the tobacco. The terminal is in the form of flat stylised human hand.

It has traces of a dark green patina and the break is old.
32.8 x 8.7 x 3.9mm. Weight: 2.04g.

Other similar tongs have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. See finds: NMS-83D1B4, SOMDOR-29F9B7 and SOM-5F95C6.

Class: Pipe
Sub class: Smokers'

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.8 mm
Width: 8.7 mm
Thickness: 3.9 mm
Weight: 2.04 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 26th October 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Secondary identifier: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2011-4-451

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

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

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