WILT-D656F5: Medieval heraldic horse harness pendant

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Unique ID: WILT-D656F5

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A Medieval (1250-1500) copper alloy gilded and enamelled shield-shaped heraldic horse harness pendant, blazoned: gules a fess between six cross crosslets or.

The pendant has a red enamel background divided in two with a horizontal band. Above are three cross crosslets horizontally arranged, below are a further three arranged two over one. Gilding is missing on the cross crosslets but a small speck survives on the band. The red enamel background is almost intact above the band, but is mostly missing below.

It measures 40.20x25.55x6.50mm and weighs 10.10g. Excluding the loop it measures 30.55mm long and 2.93mm thick.

These are the arms of the Beauchamps, a very prominent Medieval family, one branch of whom became the Earls of Warwick. (Laura Burnett pers.comm.)

Cf. WMID-1F4E67 on this database

Class: heraldic

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.2 mm
Width: 25.55 mm
Thickness: 6.5 mm
Weight: 10.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st August 2011 - Monday 31st October 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Wiltshire Heritage Museum Entry Form 1372

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Multiple

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Chirton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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