PAS-E38F8A: Roman silver spoon from the top

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Unique ID: PAS-E38F8A

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

A fragment of a silver spoon, almost certainly of Roman date. The fragment consists of part of the handle, of circular cross-section, in the form of unevenly twisted thick wire - the end of the handle is broken and missing. At the bowl end, the handle is square in section, and has a solid, quarter-circle offset with rat's tail onto a fragment of the bowl, probably oval or pear-shaped originally, but now almost entirely missing.

The surface gives the appearance of having been heavily cleaned.

Discussion: it is possible that the fragment has been deliberately created, i.e. that this should be considered Hacksilber - other single finds of Hacksilber are known from Britain (Hobbs 2013). No exact parallel can be found for the spoon. The twisted wire handle is similar to the handle of a toothpick/ear cleaner from the Hoxne treasure (Johns 2010, cat. 153; BM 1994,0408.153), also broken across the blade, but with no offset. The offset is fairly similar to a spoon fragment (possibly also Hacksilber) from Thorndon, Suffolk (PAS SF9749; Hobbs 2013, cat. 13).

Date: probably fourth century AD


Hobbs, R. 2013. 'Stray finds of Hacksilber in Roman Britain?', in F. Hunter & K.S. Painter (eds.), Late Roman Silver. The Traprain Treasure in context. Edinburgh: 291-304.

Johns, C.M. 2010. The Hoxne late Roman treasure. Gold jewellery and silver plate. London.


This item is made substantially of silver and is more than 300 years old, and thus qualifies as treasure as stipulated in the Treasure Act 1996.

Seen by the Treasure Valuation Committee at its meeting of 5/12/2013

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T322


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 300
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Ian Richardson
Identified by: Dr Richard Hobbs

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T322

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2705
Four figure Latitude: 50.83990334
Four figure longitude: -3.03812244
1:25K map: ST2705
1:10K map: ST20NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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