LON-041F02: Post Medieval lead alloy toy pot hanger

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Unique ID: LON-041F02

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A Post Medieval lead alloy toy pot hanger, dating mid to late 17th century. This includes the saw-toothed adjustable ratchet or trammel with 11 straight-sided teeth, hanger, curving hook and suspension loop. The front surface is decorated with moulded chevrons extending down the length of the ratchet and along the arm. The chevrons on one side are infilled with cross hatching and on the other side they are three pellets arranged in a triangular pattern. The chevrons across the arm have the same cross hatching but they only have one pellet in the opposing chevrons. At the junction between the ratchet and the arm there is a diamond shaped cell with a quatrefoil inside. On the arm there are two further curving hooks projecting below the arm. The top of the hook projects above the arms and both have a fleur de lys terminal. These are also decorated with the same chevron pattern and on the arm.

Forsyth & Egan (2005:127) illustrate two pot hangers, although neither have the cross arm that this example has. The authors note, "The adjustable ratchet hanger or trammel with saw-toothed bar come into common use from the early 17th century...The ratchet system allowed pots to be raised or lowered over the fire as required and this degree of flexibility made open-hearth cooking easier and safer. On the whole, surviving full-scale adjustable hangers are plain and functional... The toy hangers have elaborate decoration and were probably made during the mid to late 17th century."

Dimensions: length: 71.68mm; width: 39.44mm; thickness: 5.27mm; weight: 5.94g.

Reference:Forsyth, H. and Egan, G. 2005. Toys, Trifles and Trinkets. Base Metal Miniatures from London 1200 to 1800. Unicorn Press, London.

Find of note status

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

Class: Pot hanger

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 71.68 mm
Width: 39.44 mm
Thickness: 5.27 mm
Weight: 5.94 g

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: St. Katharine's and Wapping (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.503293
Four figure longitude: -0.085156
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Found eyes only whilst searching the foreshore.
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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