NMS-410B73: Roman enamelled mount

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Unique ID: NMS-410B73

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Roman copper alloy mount of Boucher's (2008) Type B5 dating to the period c. AD 80 - 250. Openwork circular terminals (one broken) with short projections to either side before a central, raised rectangular plate. The circular terminals each has a crescent-shaped cell retaining corroded blue enamel or glass, and the outer edge of the complete circle may be damaged, suggesting a possible further elemnet sucha as a knop has broken off. There is a circular hole through the rectangular plate now filled with corroded iron and surounded by a circular collar or rove on the reverse. There are two integral rivets, one broken and one with a T-shaped head, on the reverse. Length at least 33mm. Width 14mm. Surviving rivet to hold a thickness of circa 3mm.

Examples of enamelled Roman mounts with T-shaped rivets include WILT-B03D73, ESS-7E7BB6 and ESS-EF6515. They belong to a class of objects which exhibit characteristics in common with enamelled disc and plate brooches of the same period, indicating that similar motifs were employed across a range of dress accessories, of which brooches are the most common.

Boucher (ibid) suggests that they may have functioned as decorative elements on leather or fabric bags or purses.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Symmetrical
Sub class: Boucher (2008) Type B5

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33 mm
Width: 14 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 18th September 2012 - Tuesday 18th September 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 58320
Other reference: IND18092012ED

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Binham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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