SOM-29F4A2: Medieval - post medieval chafing dish support

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Unique ID: SOM-29F4A2

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A fragment comprising a single support from a cast copper alloy chafing dish of 15th-16th century date and a small part of the dish rim. The support is rectangular in plan with straight sides. In profile it is angled up and out from the rim at 45 degrees with an angled lower side, vertical outer side and an upper side which is angled at first then becomes concave towards the outer edge. At the inner end of the support is a small part of the dish rim which appears to be vertical with a thin raised line running around the inner side. It is 31.8mm long, 20.8mm wide, 11.9mm thick at the outer edge and 2.7mm thick on the vessel rim and weighs 31.9 grams.

Chafing dishes were domestic vessels made of metal or earthenware for holding burning charcoal or other combustible material. A second vessel was placed on the supports, over the hot material, this was then used to cook food or keep it hot at the table. The concave upper surface of the support would help to hold the second vessel. SUR-AC3706 and WAW-0AB3B2 on this database are similar. Lewis (1973, p. 63-64) categorises chafing dishes with this type of support as his Type B which he dates to the late 15th century to the early 16th century.

Class: Chafing dish
Sub class: dish support

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1450
Date to: Exactly AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.8 mm
Width: 20.8 mm
Thickness: 8.8 mm
Weight: 31.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 30th January 2014

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16573

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Mid Devon (District)
To be known as: Cullompton

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

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Audit data

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

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