BERK-0401EE: Post-medieval mount: Heraldic mount

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Unique ID: BERK-0401EE

Object type certainty: Certain
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A white metal coated copper alloy heraldic mount of the post-medieval period. The mount was formed of several elements, of which the surviving two are recorded here. The mount is likely to have been a representation of a full coat of arms, with crest and possibly supporters and would have been large enough to mount on a plaque or possibly an architectural element, although a plaque seems more likely. The surviving elements comprise the crest, a probable marquess crown with cap of maintainance that measures 49.9mm wide x 37.5mm high and weighs 20.2grams. The second element is the head of an heraldic lion, possibly the sinister (right side) supporter, measuring 42.6mm high x 33.7mm wide and weighing 14.7 grams. The reverse of both elements has one or two rounded lugs (now broken) that may have enabled the mount to be fixed with pins, possibly to it's mounting or in order to hold the elements of the mount together. These lugs appear to be copper alloy. The whole mount is covered with a thick white-metal coating.

The surviving elements are not sufficent to identify the arms of indeed the true use of the mount, however the method of manufacture and appearance suggests at least a post-medieval date, and possibly an early modern date. Therefore a date range of c. 1600-1900 is offered for this item.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2
Weight: 34.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Wednesday 19th March 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.073

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: White metal
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Hampstead Norreys (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4976
Four figure Latitude: 51.48084136
Four figure longitude: -1.29578165
1:25K map: SU4976
1:10K map: SU47NE
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

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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