BERK-9AC8BA: Medieval buckle: Buckle and plate

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Unique ID: BERK-9AC8BA

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A complete copper alloy single looped trapezoidal buckle and plate of medieval period. The buckle has elaborate outer frame edges with traces of thick gilding; there is a rounded rest for the pin (retained) and the pin and plate bar is integral. The plate comsists of one sheet of copper alloy, broadly rectangular in plan but with the reverse side significantly narrower than the upper face. There are five large domed rivets on the fron of the frame the would have secured the back plate to the strap. Gilding is retained over the majority of the front of the plate. Similar buckles are illustrated in Whitehead (1996, no 163) and are dated c. AD 1250-1400.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 50 mm
Width: 26.6 mm
Thickness: 7.5 mm
Weight: 12.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st November 2013 - Wednesday 7th May 2014

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.120

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Spelsbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP3622
Four figure Latitude: 51.89539254
Four figure longitude: -1.47824386
1:25K map: SP3622
1:10K map: SP32SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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