SOM-D2CCB6: Post-medieval mount

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MOUNT

Unique ID: SOM-D2CCB6

Object type certainty: Certain
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Post-medieval cast-copper alloy mount in the form of an openwork quatrefoil with scallop shell shaped expansions between the petals. In the centre is an equal armed cross the ends of the arms of which are joined by projecting V-shaped points with rounded ends. The outer edge is much wider than the cross. Between the points, at the ends of the cross arms are large shell shaped expansions with flaring sides and outer edges that are shaped slightly into a trilobed shape. The front of each shell is decorated with three grooves radiating from the base to the outer edge, each flanked by narrow raised lines. The flat back has three projecting attachment spikes in a row, one in the centre and one in the centre of the shell like expansions to each side. The spikes are rectangular in cross-section. One would appear complete and bent over at 90 degrees a third of the way along their length. The others have been truncated due to old breaks. The object measures 41.7mm by 41.6mm and 6.3mm thick including the spikes, 2.2mm excluding. It weighs 10.81 grams.

Two almost identical mounts, but with two spikes on the back rather than three, are illustrated in Read (2001, 34), no.276 and 277 which he dates to the 17th century. It has been noted elsewhere (see SWYOR-BDA790 on this database) that such mounts are decorated in a similar way to certain double-looped buckles illustrated in Whitehead (2003, 65; nos. 397-399), and there dated between c. 1550 and 1650.

Notes:

This item was recorded at a rally and therefore the description and in particular photograph is likely to be below our usual standards.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.7 mm
Height: 6.3 mm
Width: 41.6 mm
Thickness: 2.2 mm
Weight: 10.81 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 29th January 2012

Rally details.

This object was found at EDMC, North Curry, 29 Jan 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett
Secondary identifier: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Rally ticket 489

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: North Curry (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3124
Four figure Latitude: 51.011224
Four figure longitude: -2.984925
1:25K map: ST3124
1:10K map: ST32SW
Grid reference source: Recorded at a rally
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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