LVPL-E4CDFE: Roman figurine of Mars

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TOY

Unique ID: LVPL-E4CDFE

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast lead alloy toy soldier of Post-medieval to modern date (AD 1700-1850). The toy is single sided and most probably of Napoleon, depicted in typical dress with arms crossed over his chest. The lower half of the toy is missing. The stomach is rounded and the legs are defined by a groove at the front of the object. The hair and facial features on the figure are worn.

The rear of the object narrows at the waist however there is no detailed definition or decoration. The legs terminate with rounded breaks which are worn. The facial features have worn away but remains of a moulded beard are visible. The object has a mid-white patina and is in good condition.

The figurine dates to the post-medieval era when toy soldiers like this were made for children although they were often restricted to use by the wealthy (Bailey 2002 page 62). French company Lucotte produced a large range of toy soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars, although this example may have derived from either France or Germany as these were the main exporters of lead toys to Britain during the 19th century (ibid. page 63). This example would have been made prior to 1893 as this is when toys were manufactured by hollow cast method (ibid.).

Bailey, G., 2002 Detector Finds 5 Great Britain : Greenlight Publishing, 62-63 ,

Other figurines of similar type which have been recorded are LVPL-21B257, LVPL-6623EA, LVPL-E4CDFE, LVPL-EF3A18, LANCUM-DC5C18 and YORYM-072BC2.

Notes:

The find has been assessed by our Roman period Finds Advisor and is not of Roman date.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29 mm
Width: 11 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 8.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st June 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: West Lancashire (District)
To be known as: Aughton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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