LON-B84AA2: An incomplete post medieval curry comb probably dating to 17th - early 18th century

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Unique ID: LON-B84AA2

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An incomplete Post Medieval iron curry comb probably dating to 17th - early 18th century. This is a flat curry comb with 7 wrought bars and 2 knockers, the handle is broken and missing. This curry comb comprises a flat rectangular back plate, the longer edges are folded over and the a row of triangular teeth have been cut into the edge. There are five further toothed bars that have been riveted onto the back plate. The ends of the central toothed bar project around to the back surface of the back plate and terminate in solid knops that form the knockers. Only one is surviving. The handle was also riveted to the back plate, on the opposite side to the teeth. The handle had an elaborate terminal that is still attached to the back plate. This terminal forms a cross-shape with three flaring arms and one smaller, triangular shaped arm with decorative triangular cutouts. The upper arm that would have formed the base of the handle has a central raised rib. There are three surviving rivets which have domed heads; two in the upper arm and one central to the cross. There are semi-circular cutouts in the three other arms which originally may have housed rivets. Small areas of the back plate are missing and one of the shorter edges has been damaged and now curls back on itself.

A similar example is illustrated in Clark (1995:161 fig. 119) as part of a 1929 catalogue of stable equipment. Clark writes "a comb of this flat type is reported from a post medieval (17th or early 18th century) context at Ardingly (W. Sussex), comparte two examples from Jamestown, Virginia." John Clark has studied this example and he is happy with a date of 17th - early 18th century although he notes that the type continues into the early 20th century. Egan (2005: 186 no. 1060a) publishes a curry comb of similar form that was excavated from a context dated 1650-1700.

Dimensions: length: 96.04mm; width: 142.25mm; thickness: 19.05mm; weight: 283g.

Reference: Clark, J. (ed) 1995. The Medieval Horse and its Equipment. HMSO: London.

Egan, G. 2005. Material Culture in London in an Age of Transition. MoLAS Monograph 19. English Heritage: London.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 96.04 mm
Width: 142.25 mm
Thickness: 19.05 mm
Weight: 283 g

Rally details.

This object was found at Tower of London foreshore survey 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Secondary identifier: Mr John Clark

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: St. Katharine's and Wapping (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.503293
Four figure longitude: -0.085156
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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