LVPL-A3E1D8: Post-Medieval horse trapping

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Unique ID: LVPL-A3E1D8

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy cup like object which is possibly a plume holder from Post Medieval to Modern horse harness.

The cup is circular in plan with sloping sides and a turned out rim. On the base of the object within the cub is a lump of iron corrosion which obscures a rivet and a white adhering substance. The sides are decorated on the outside with an incised line just below the rim and two above the base of the object. There are three equally spaced holes in the sides round the rim, all intersecting with the line below the rim. These are countersunk from the outside. The object has a mid-brown patina around the base which has broken away from the rest of the cup which is light green in colour.

The iron rivet in the centre of the base of this object indicates that it was fixed to something there, and the countersunk holes suggest that something inside the cup was attached with screws. It is possible that this object is a plume holder for use on horse harness of the 18th and 19th century. These object (which include IOW-5A70C7) are very like candle holder sockets, but have rivets or rivet holes to attach the plume, and a rivet or screw to attach the plume holder to the harness. Alternatively, this could be a socket from the end of a tool such as a flail for threshing wheat, or a long staff to hold a lantern, with the three hole attaching the cup to the end of a wooden shaft, and the iron attachment being for a loop or hook to provide articulation with another element, (Downes, A (2012) SWYOR-E2FC30 A POST MEDIEVAL HORSE TRAPPING Webpage available at:

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.06 mm
Width: 43.38 mm
Weight: 59.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st August 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Sandbach

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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