ESS-DDB4A7: Post Medieval Bodkin

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Unique ID: ESS-DDB4A7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Fragment of a dress-pin of bodkin type. The fragment comprises of the head and top of the upper shaft, whilst the lower shaft and pointed tip is lost due to old breaks. The head bears a rounded terminal, forming an ear-scoop, from which extends a pointed oval section with open centre or 'eye'. Below the eye is a lateral rectangular tab formed of two raised ridges. Below this is a rounded body section bearing an incised flower design. A second double ridge rectangular panel is located below the flower followed by another openwork section, this time more circular. The patterning is the same on both sides of the head.

The upper shaft extends from the circular openwork section formed of a rectangular plate with a central rectangular slot resulting in two projections. The pin is broken laterally close to the start of the shaft, with only one projecting arm surviving. This is covered with rocker arm incised decoration on both sides.


A similar example is recorded on the PAS database: NMGW-91F46E (12.01)

The object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T949


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34 mm
Width: 5.5 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 1.84 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 12th October 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Katie Marsden
Identified by: Miss Katie Marsden

Other reference numbers

Other reference: CIMS OEF 7797
Treasure case number: 2014T949

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Brentwood (District)
To be known as: Navestock

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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