ESS-75ABB5: Dog's head spout

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Unique ID: ESS-75ABB5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast copper alloy zoomorphic pouring spout in the form of a dog’s head with a barrel protruding from the animal’s mouth, probably of 15th or 16th century date. The object is subrectangular in plan and subcircular in section. The dog is crudely modelled with low brow, and square shaped upright ears, flat to the sides of its head, that barely rise above the level of its head. There do not appear to be any facial features such as eyes, though the object seems very worn and these may since have been worn away. The bottom of the neck of the dog curves away almost at a right angle, and extends into the portion of the object that was attached to a vessel. No evidence of attachment, such as solder, can be seen, which may suggest it was equally as likely to be the pourer for a leather bottle as well as a metal ewer etc. The length of the dog’s head and neck is 43.74mm, with an average width of 12.5mm. The portion of the object that bends to form the attachment piece is 48.6mm long , 14.28mm wide at the top and then tapers to a point. The spout weighs 45.45 grammes. Overall it has an even dark green patina, but does appear worn and ‘rubbed’. Information on decorative pouring spouts can be found in Bailey, detector Finds 3.


Bailey writes that decorative pouring spouts were made in various shapes and sizes and took the form of both human and animal heads. Dog head spouts often have the barrel in the mouth, but some just have a hole in the end. (1997:page 57).

Class: Spout

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1599

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.74 mm
Width: 14.28 mm
Weight: 45.45 g

Personal details

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Identified by: Caroline McDonald

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Tendring (District)
To be known as: Great Bromley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
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: ESS
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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