SWYOR-6FEB0C: A post-Medieval spherical bell

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A cast copper alloy, spherical bell of post-Medieval date, AD 1600 - 1750. The upper half of the bell is undecorated and perforated with a pair of circular sound holes. There is a flat, rectangular suspension loop, also perforated with a circular hole. A raised ridge runs around the circumference of the bell, separating the two halves. Below this, the lower half is pierced by a narrow basal slot with circular ends and is decorated with a series of closely spaced, incised lines radiating outwards from the slot. The bell is 51.1mm high and 40.9mm in diameter. It weighs 70.6gm (though as this includes some soil, it is more likely that it falls within the range 25 - 40gm).

Similar bells are illustrated in Bailey, 1992, Detector Finds, pages 37 - 40. A number of examples can also be found on the database: compare, for example, records NLM-409B04 and NLM-D4C015.


This object was recorded from images and details kindly provided by the rally organiser and has not been examined by the FLO.

Class: Spherical

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 51.1 mm
Diameter: 40.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 26th September 2014 - Sunday 28th September 2014

Rally details.

This object was found at YS Rally at "Burniston", (Harwood Dale) 26-28/09/2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard
Identified by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Scarborough (District)
Parish or ward: Harwood Dale (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9695
Four figure Latitude: 54.34152699
Four figure longitude: -0.52484161
1:25K map: SE9695
1:10K map: SE99NE
Grid reference source: Recorded at a rally
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

  • Bailey, G., 1995 Detector Finds Chelmsford: Greenlight Publishing 33 - 35

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Audit data

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

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