SOM-6452D1: som-6452d1: 2014 T26 Post-Medieval silver-gilt dress pin head

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Unique ID: SOM-6452D1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure case 2014 T26: Disclaimed and returned to finder

Description: A small silver-gilt dress-pin head. The silver head is hollow and originally spherical, but now squashed. It is decorated with silver wire filigree. Two horizontal filigree bands divide the head into two hemispheres. Each hemisphere is decorated with three large filigree circles. Within each circle there are a further four circles surrounding a pellet. At each junction between the larger circles is a pellet and in each spandrel, between the large circles and the central band, is a small circle. At the top there is a further larger pellet and at the bottom is a hole where the shank of the pin would have been attached. Extensive traces of gilding survive.

Dimensions: It is 12.6 mm long, 10.2 mm wide at the head, 6.5mm thick, now being squashed, and weighs 1.20g.

Discussion: Dress pins with spherical heads decorated with filigree are frequently reported through the Treasure Act and are dated to the 16th century. This design with larger and smaller filigree circles and pellets is very popular. Comparisons include 2004 T159 (SUSS-52C0B2); 2014 T101 (NMGW-C845A3) and 2011 T641 (NCL-2BF5E1).


Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T26


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 12.6 mm
Width: 10.2 mm
Thickness: 6.5 mm
Weight: 1.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2013 - Tuesday 31st December 2013

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett
Secondary identifier: Mrs Vicky Lemmens

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 22399
Treasure case number: 2014T26

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

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

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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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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