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Unique ID: IOW-A9A877
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A post-Medieval to Modern cast lead leather workers' palm guard situated within an oyster shell in which it has been cast (c. 1600-c. 1900).
This irregular shaped guard has been cast in an oyster shell, now incomplete. The beak (or umbo) of the shell at the anterior end is complete and the posterior end is largely missing.
The lead protrudes through a sub-circular hole on the outer face of the shell.
Length: 62.94mm; width: 49.50m; thickness: 14.98mm. Weight: 88.89g.
Leather workers' palm guards are discussed in an article in Gordon Bailey's 'Detector Finds 2', 1993, pages 64-65. Originally identified by W. Wyman of London, most of the examples are made of lead, although some have the addition of tin, which was used to produce a harder metal. The final product, when made, was enclosed in a thin leather pouch or wrapped in cloth which would have a hole going through it to match a depression in the lead. The whole was then strapped to the hand and would give protection when forcing needles through tough material.
Dating of these artefacts is very difficult, although the earliest examples seem to date from the 17th century AD, although they may have been in use right through to the 20th century (Bailey, page 64).
Sub class: Oyster shell
Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Length: 62.94 mm
Width: 49.5 mm
Thickness: 14.98 mm
Weight: 88.89 g
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 18th November 2012
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Other reference: IOW2012-1-573
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.
|Author||Publication Year||Title||Publication Place||Publisher||Pages||Reference|
|Bailey, G.||1995||Detector Finds||Chelmsford||Greenlight Publishing||64-65|