BH-01FED0: Medieval strap-end (incomplete)

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Unique ID: BH-01FED0

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An incomplete copper-alloy strap-end of Medieval date.

The piece represents the projecting end from a socketed strap-end. It is of thin section, flat on the underside, and takes the form of three equal-sized discs, arranged in an inverted-sub-triangular formation. The surface of each of these discs is concave and has been incised with a number of parallel, angled grooves, probably designed to catch the light. This effect would have been enhanced by the addition of a now-corroded white metal coating. At the top of the piece is a remnant of the short arm that would have joined this projecting portion to the strap socket. On each of its two angled sides, a short arm of moulded swirls extends from the upper right and left hand discs, respectively, to the single disc at the base, creating two small openwork elements.

Dimensions: 34.2mm long, 33.5mm wide, 2.3mm thick. Weight: 8.46g.

A complete parallel for this strap end was found at Chenies, Buckinghamshire (PAS record BUC-1B9DE3). The socketed end of the Chenies example was incised with a Black Letter 'M', the use of which points towards a Late Medieval date.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.2 mm
Width: 33.5 mm
Thickness: 2.3 mm
Weight: 8.46 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 13th October 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 12/159 - 35

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Uttlesford (District)
To be known as: Thaxted

Spatial coordinates

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

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Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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