LIN-FD3808: Medieval copper alloy harness pendant

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HARNESS PENDANT

Unique ID: LIN-FD3808

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy plate with bell-shaped pendants dating to the medieval period. The object comprises a rectangular plate with three rivet holes, one in either corner at the attachment end, and another in the centre. The plate is folded over onto the reverse, and where it folds there are two rectangular slots cut out of the sheet. A bell-shaped pendant is held in one of the slots by a small rivet, and the vacant slot would have held a second example. The bell is hollow and would have encased the rumbler by the way of folded 'petals'. The attachment end is in the form of a small loop through which a rivet bar is threaded. The surface of the plate bears an incised decoration resembling a large letter 'W', though it is doubtful that it represents this letter. The decoration comprises a central stem with concave sides, and a curved line to either side.

The function of this item is unclear. The presence of bell-shaped pendants suggests that it might have been used as a horse harness pendant. Single finds of bell-shaped pendants are relatively common (for example see SUSS-3EDC42 and SUSS-A99234) however more complete examples such as this are rare.

Notes:

ID done from photo sent by finder.

Class: Bell-shaped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1175
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th September 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Little Hale

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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