WMID-E076D4: The front view of a Roman nail cleaner with engraved decoration

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SPOON

Unique ID: WMID-E076D4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy spoon finial (length: 34mm; width at shoulders of blade: 13mm; thickness at shoulders of blade: 3mm; weight: 3.03g). Intregrally cast with the blade, the small handle/ end knob (length: 7mm) has bead, reel and spool mouldings. The blade tapers fairly gently from shoulders to the blade where the forked tip has been broken off to form a jagged edge. The front of the blade has been engraved/ incised with possible animal motifs. This decoration, however, is fairly crude and mostly consists of unidentifiable linear markings.
The overall condition of the artefact is fair with a smooth dark brown patina. Other than the forked tip being broken and a number of scratch marks an slight wear on the back, the object is complete.

Notes:

At the time of recording, this artefact was originally identified as a nail cleaner, of Roman dating. More recently it has been determined, through comparison with complete spoons in the Museum of London collections (A10625 & A3934), and thus a Post Medieval date for these objects seems certain. It is interesting they have mostly broken in almost the same place and it maybe the twisting of the stem made them more fragile in that area.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34 mm
Width: 13 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 3.03 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st December 2003

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Identified by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Lichfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1107
Four figure Latitude: 52.660611
Four figure longitude: -1.838804
1:25K map: SK1107
1:10K map: SK10NW
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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