SOM-E821D3: Post medieval mount

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MOUNT

Unique ID: SOM-E821D3

Object type certainty: Certain
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Post Medieval cast copper-alloy openwork mount with integral attachment spikes. The mount has a flat openwork plate with bevelled edges which is general piriform in shape with the top point elaborated into a trefoil. The side petals of the trefoil have circular indents in their centre and the central petal is elongated, echoing a fleur de lis. There is a projecting solid rectangular knop at the base flanked by slight rounded knops and a solid chervon across the openwork centre. On the back are two integral circular sectioned spikes with sharp points. They are placed on a central line, near either end. Both are bent outwards at 90 degrees. It is 35.7mm long, 15.3mm wide, 2.5mm thick excluding the rivets, 5.5mm including and weighs 3.68 grams.

Many such mounts have been recorded on this database, including NMS-4079E4, SOM-8647E7 and SOM-3310B4, the latter with holes in the top trefoil where this has indents. They are broadly dated to the 17th century. Hume (1972: 240, 242) suggests that small mounts of this form with double pointed prongs were used on horse harness and suggests they can be attributed to c.1690-1770 AD. It is likely in Britain some were earlier in date.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.7 mm
Width: 15.3 mm
Thickness: 5.5 mm
Weight: 3.68 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st August 2014 - Sunday 31st August 2014

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 17031

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: Taunton Deane (District)
To be known as: Wellington CP

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Noel Hume, I. 1978 A Guide to the Artifacts of Colonial America New York Borzoi Books

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Audit data

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

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