SOM-7C42D7: Medieval spoon

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SPOON

Unique ID: SOM-7C42D7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A late medieval to early post-medieval cast lead-alloy (pewter) maidenhead spoon knop and part of the stem. The rest of the stem and bowl are missing to a corroded break. The knop is in the form of a half length female figure, moulded in 3D with arms by her sides. A raised line along the back of the neck may indicate the end of a veil with hair continuiong half way down the back but details of the face and hair are unclear due to corrosion. At the base of the knop is a raised collar with possibly a simple triangle front and back between the collar and figure. The stem is sub oval with some flattened facets and may originally have been rectangular with rounded edges, it is now bent and twisted slightly. The knop is 25.3mm long, 10.2mm wide and 7.6mm thick, including the stem the entire piece is 64.1mm long, weighing 9.04g.

Maidenhead spoons were popular from the later half of the 15th century to the mid-17th century and in England were made in silver as well as pewter. The plain figure on this example, without a rosette at the base of the knop suggests it is an earlier example dating to c. AD 1450 to 1550 (Homer 1975, 36 and 37). Homer (ibid: 32(d) and 42) illustrates several similar examples.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 64.1 mm
Width: 10.2 mm
Thickness: 7.6 mm
Weight: 9.04 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 31st October 2013 - Thursday 31st October 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 22394

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
To be known as: Stoke St Michael

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Homer, R.F. 1975 Five Centuries of Base Metal Spoons London The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

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Audit data

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

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