NARC-F92192: Anglo-saxon mount, reverse

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Unique ID: NARC-F92192

Object type certainty: Probably
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Copper-alloy mount, broken at one end. At the unbroken end is a circular attachment hole, 4 mm in diameter. The object tapers slightly from the wider broken end to the narrower end with the hole. At 7 mm from the complete end there is a knop at each side of the mount. The obverse of the mount is decorated with incised markings. These take the form of 'figure of eights' within two horizontal bands, assuming that one is holding the object with the attachment hole to one's left. Between the horizontal bands are two incised lines. This decoration is interrupted by the break in the object. A line also runs vertically across the artefact from immediately left of the aforementioned knops, interrupted by the attachment hole. Traces of gilding remain in all of the incised decoration. The reverse of the item is undecorated. On stylistic grounds the artefact appears Anglo-Saxon and the decorative design is similar in style to an example given in West, 1998, page 250; no 6. The object is 26.5 mm long and 20 mm wide.


Dear Tom, I think it should be possible to put a more precise date on this thing. I have the feeling that I have seen it in the flesh - did you bring it down to London? but my memory is so appalling that I am going to have to ask you a bit more about it. The parallel in West is to a strap-end of an exclusively East Anglian type, with silver wire scrolls set in niello, so isn't perhaps the best one. Your mount looks more chip-carved to me; if I am right, it has to be 5th to 8th century. I think that we can rule out the 8th century as chip-carving then is of thready net-like interlaced patterns. The pattern looks to me either like a running spiral or a guilloche (simple twist making loops). If the former, it will be 5th or 6th century (450-600). If the latter, it will probably be early seventh century (600-650). The shape doesn't help us with knowing which. Sorry to ask you these questions so long after you have recorded it - hope it is still possible to answer them! - all best Helen

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.5 mm
Width: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st March 2004

Personal details

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Identified by: Dr Tom Brindle

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration method: Incised
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Daventry (District)
Parish or ward: Norton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP6263
Four figure Latitude: 52.26168
Four figure longitude: -1.093006
1:25K map: SP6263
1:10K map: SP66SW
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

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  • Ady wrote @ 16:25:42 on the 8th July 2010.

    This record has been looked at by Dr Steve Ashby and Dr Tania Dickenson of York University as part of my Study into Early Medieval PAS finds in Northamptonshire (See Masters Dissertations in Research section). There is nothing more to point out except that there is a slight possibility that the decoration is two birds facing each other.. The beaks toucing above the hole.

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Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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