SOM-1CF6EE: Post Medieval cup weight

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Unique ID: SOM-1CF6EE

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Probably Post Medieval cast copper-alloy cup weight belonging to nested set c. 1100-c. 1900 AD with the later end of this range more likely.This weight is circular in plan. Its sides, 2.9mm thick and 15.4mm tall, flare evenly upwards from the base to a rim. The base is flat on the inside and outside. The inner and outer faces and rim are plain. Outer diameter of rim: 28.3mm; outer diameter of base: 22.2 mm. Weight:28.05g. (0.989 ounces).

According to Biggs (1992, 14-16) this type of weight was in use from the 12th century and throughout the medieval to post-medieval period although they were most common in the 17th-19th centuries. The earlier examples tend to have thicker sides and decorated rims and the plainness of this example suggest a post-medieval date. In the English-troy bullion system, 20 pennyweights = 1 ounce, equal to 31.1grams so the weight may have some loss due to corrosion,and originally was 1 ounce.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 15.4 mm
Thickness: 2.9 mm
Weight: 28.05 g
Diameter: 28.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st April 2013 - Tuesday 30th April 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Vicky Lemmens
Identified by: Mrs Vicky Lemmens
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16719

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Chiselborough CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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