SOM-B81C47: Medieval mount

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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: SOM-B81C47

Object type certainty: Certain
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A large quatrefoil cruciform mount with central boss cast in copper alloy of medieval date. The base of the mount consists of four trefoil arms, each with a rivet hole in the centre; parts of three rivets survive in situ. The edge of the base is bevelled. The arms are arranged at the cardinal points around a circular domed central boss with a stepped base and small flattened top. The surface of the boss has flattened strips and file marks suggesting that the object has been turned. The reverse of the boss is hollow. The object has a mid-green shiny patina. One of the sides of one of the trefoil arms has been broken off as a result of old damage.

The book fitting is of Howsam's (2016, pg. 92) type B.1.2. and is similar to her example shown in figure 2-39 no.189. She gives a date circa to late-fourteenth to mid sixteenth century. A mount similar in form, but of smaller module, can be found illustrated in Read (2001, 16; ref. 115). It is suggested that the object may be a book furnishing dating to the 14th century.

Class: mount
Sub class: Howsam type B.1.2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1375
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 63.4 mm
Height: 16 mm
Width: 62.5 mm
Weight: 47.12 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 21985

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Wincanton

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: SOM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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