LVPL-0F2DA3: Medieval unidentified object

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Unique ID: LVPL-0F2DA3

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy unidentified object, possibly a decorative pin or mount, of later medieval or post-medieval date (1400-1700). The object is broadly sub-rectangular in plan with flared 'heart shaped' terminals at either end and is probably complete. It has a sub rectangular cross-section. The central part of the fitting is thickened and a vertical hole has been drilled from the upper-lower edge. The hole is central and is oval. A circular sectioned pin remains within the hole, rising up from the top of the object before turning back on itself (rearwards), tapering downwards and terminating with a sharp point. The opposite end of the pin runs down from exit of the hole and curves upwards (forwards) before terminating with a slightly tapered rounded point. The pin measures 2.03mm in diameter where thickest. The pin measures 32.48mm in length, (un-straightened).

The outer face is decorated with two vertical grooves either side of the central thickened section. The upper face and sides of the bar are gilded while traces of gilding also remain on the outer face of the pin. No traces of gilding remain on the rear of the bar and pin. The rear of the bar has a blackish/dark green patina and file marks are visible.

A similar example which can be found on the database is Reavill, P (2008) HESH-A4AF95 A MEDIEVAL UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT Webpage available at: A published example is currently unknown however the decoration and style along with the file marks and patina would suggest a Post Medieval date. Similar curved pins can be found on early Post-Medieval hat-hooks illustrated in Read, (2008), p190-196; however these typically have rounded heads.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 53.89 mm
Width: 8.27 mm
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 7.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st September 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Navenby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2008 Hooked-Clasps and Eyes Langport Portcullis Publishing

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Audit data

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

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