SWYOR-79B450: Medieval Strap End

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Unique ID: SWYOR-79B450

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An incomplete copper alloy Medieval strap end dating from about 1270-1450 AD with unusual decoration. It is constructed from two plates, a spacer and side strips. Both side strips survive but one has been broken, revealing the remains of the strap inside the strap end. Owing to corrosion, it is not clear whether this was leather or woven textile. Two copper alloy rivets join the plates at the slightly concave attachment end and there is a single rivet at the closed end. The strap end is decorated with an incised line along the attachment end and the front plate is decorated with an incised design of a mythical beast. It has a backward-facing human head with a thick band of hair, the body of a beast with a haunch and paw, and a tail with a fleur de lis terminal. The reverse is undecorated. The strap end has a brown patina.

No parallel could be found for this motif. Strap ends of similar construction can be seen in Egan and Pritchard's Dress Accessories, page 130. Strap ends of similar construction may be found at PAS record ID's: SUSS-1E75A7 and SUSS-07DB35. The construction suggests a medieval date. Another decorated strap end is WMID-61F865, though the style is different. It cites "Margeson, S, 1993, 'Norwich Households: Medieval and Post-Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-78', pages 27-8, fig 14, ref no 140, which is described as a 'rectangular buckle-plate engraved with stylised ?animal; two rivet holes at one end, cut down for re-use as strap-end' and is dated to the 14th century." Compare also WAW-57F141 which depicts St Barbara. However, the design is also stylistically similar to 17th century and other Post Medieval depictions.

Length: 55.8mm; Width: 16.6mm; Thickness: 5.1mm; Weight: 14.77g

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1270
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.8 mm
Width: 16.6 mm
Thickness: 5.1 mm
Weight: 14.77 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 23rd September 2010 - Thursday 22nd September 2011

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1609

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Baumber (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF2073
Four figure Latitude: 53.240474
Four figure longitude: -0.203323
1:25K map: TF2073
1:10K map: TF27SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. and Pritchard, F. 1991 Dress Accessories, c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) (1991) London Stationery Office Books 130

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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