BERK-06C0C1: Medieval strap fitting: Sword belt hanger

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: BERK-06C0C1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A cast copper-alloy suspension loop or belt hanger dating to the medieval period. A long bar terminates in a heavily stylised zoomorphic head, which has a pronounced snout and deeply-grooved mouth. Behind this head is a panel of cross-hatching. The bar extends vertically downwards into a basal loop (now broken) which is probably the hole through which the belt passed. Several examples of this category of artefact are recorded on the PAS datbase - see, for example, NMS-1EEA45, NMS-D99313 and IOW-7A0A93, BH-4A9D88 and LIN-8FAF62. There is also an unprovenanced example in the London Museum collection. It is suggested that they may have served to suspend a sword from a belt however David Williams (FLO for Surrey and East Berkshire) identifies these objects as a purse hanger for the attachment of a framed purse to a belt. For a complete example see DOR-C20CB0. Similar to HAMP-32A607. Also similar examples can be seen in Read, B, 2008, Hooked Clasps and Eyes, pages 214 - 215, nos. 771 - 773

Class: belt hook

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: Exactly AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 42.4 mm
Width: 8.5 mm
Weight: 10 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: 2014.084

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3974
Four figure Latitude: 51.46363512
Four figure longitude: -1.4399954
1:25K map: SU3974
1:10K map: SU37SE
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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