SWYOR-63B1E8: Post Medieval owl toy

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Unique ID: SWYOR-63B1E8

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

A probably Post Medieval silver, sheet metal ornament or toy in the form of an owl. The object is made from two pieces of sheet silver, one depicting the front of the owl and its perch, and the other depicting the folded wings on the back. The two pieces are sandwiched together, though they have become separated at the top. There is no evidence of further elements or attachment, though it is possible another piece of metal was held between the decorated ones at the head end. The object appears to be complete, leaving its function a mystery. Michael Lewis (British Museum) suggests that it could be 18th or 19th century. No close parallels have been found, but reference can be made to lead alloy examples of owl figurines such as IOW-9F69C2 and LVPL-555B72 which are thought to be related to shycocks. The owl is 22.6mm long, 13mm wide and 0.9mm thick (1.7mm at the head where the pieces have separated). 0.98g.


Since it is probably less than 300 years old, this find does not meet the requirements of the 1996 Treasure Act and is considered to be Not Treasure.

Class: Owl

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015T70


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.6 mm
Width: 13 mm
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 0.98 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 15th August 2013 - Saturday 31st August 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes
Secondary identifier: Dr Michael Lewis

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2423
Treasure case number: 2015T70

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
District: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Featherstone (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4123
Four figure Latitude: 53.70183096
Four figure longitude: -1.38044053
1:25K map: SE4123
1:10K map: SE42SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
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: SWYOR
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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