NMGW-66AD06: Escutheon (front)

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Unique ID: NMGW-66AD06

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast copper alloy vessel escutcheon or mount in the form of a bird’s head. The escutcheon has a lower flat panel representing the breast of the bird and decorated with incised diagonal lines meeting at a central vertical line, beneath each of the diagonal lines are a row of chevrons to indicate the feathers. At the top of the panel is a circular drilled hole, possibly to hold a handle. The top of the perforation corresponds to the level of a step in the mount, presumably to house the vessel rim. The top of the mount is in the form of a pointed bird’s head with incised oval-shaped eyes. The top of the head is flat with a rounded profile and has eroded, but seems to have been decorated with a similar motif to the panel. There is a slight overhang on both sides of the top. The rear of the flat panel is tinned or silvered, presumably the remnants of solder to secure the mount.


It has proved difficult to find parallels for this escutcheon, the amount of Roman material recovered from the area would seem to make a Roman date possible.

Class: Escutcheon

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.5 mm
Width: 17.4 mm
Thickness: 17.2 mm
Weight: 8.9 g
Diameter: 3.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2001

Personal details

Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration method: Incised

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
District: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Sully (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST1668
Four figure Latitude: 51.404783
Four figure longitude: -3.209011
1:25K map: ST1668
1:10K map: ST16NE
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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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