SOM-BBC6E1: Post-medieval double-looped buckle

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Unique ID: SOM-BBC6E1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A corroded cast copper-alloy double-looped buckle of post-medieval date (c. 17th century), incomplete in so far as it is missing its pin. The frame is formed of a pair of sub-oval loops with a single triangular protrusion (moulded trefoils or lis) at the central outer edge, and with similar protrusions at each end of the bar set at the centre of trefoil sides. The side elements of the trefoils at the outer edges provide two of a total of six petals around a central pellet, giving a moulded flower at these points. The front of this buckle is flat, with bevelled edges, whilst the reverse has a concavity beneath the knops. The metal has a red-brown colour, with light-green corrosion product above. One of the loops has bent bent upwards at one side as a result of old damage.

Length: 46.8 mm; Width: 30.4 mm; Thickness: 2.4 mm; Weight: 6.49 g

A similar buckle can be seen illustrated in Whitehead (2003, 71; no. 444) dated to the period 1600-1720, but a later date is preferred as Marshall (1986; fig. 8, no. 34) notes a comparable example from Sidbury found in a context of c. 1680.

Class: double-looped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1720

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.8 mm
Width: 30.4 mm
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 6.49 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st April 2013 - Tuesday 30th April 2013

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 21983

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Marshall, C. 1986 Buckles Through the Ages Essex Greenlight Publishing 34
Whitehead, R. 2003 Buckles 1250-1800 Chelmsford Greenlight Publishing 71 444, 445

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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