NMGW-1F6A1C: Late Medieval to early Post-Medieval chafing dish handle

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Unique ID: NMGW-1F6A1C

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Late Medieval to early Post-Medieval copper alloy chafing dish handle of 15th to 17th century date.


The handle is complete and of bifurcating form, with a stud for attachment to the dish (with an overall length of 62.3mm and weighing 42.7g). The looped handle (49.4mm long, 58.2mm wide at bifurcated end and 24.8mm wide at the attachment end) is of hexagonally faceted section (between 3.9mm and 5.1mm thick and between 4.6mm and 6mm wide). The attachment lug (22.6mm long) is of rectangular section (with a maximum width of 15.6mm and thickness of 9.0mm) with rounded sides, expanding at the shoulders at the attachment end. The lug was attached using an integral circular-sectioned rivet (6.9mm diameter and 2.0mm long). The surface has a mid to dark-green patina with file marks evident on both the handle and lug.

The handle closely resembles those found at Norwich, as recorded by Margeson (1993, p.81, nos. 489-491) especially no. 491 which has the same two-lobed form, which have been dated to the 15th and 16th centuries. Lewis also records chafing dishes with two-lobed handles of 16th to 17th century date and suggests that they may be particular to Britain, as only one had been found on the Continent at that time (Lewis, 1978, p. 35) .

1. Margeson, S. 1993. Norwich Households: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-1978. University of East Anglia, Norwich.
2. Lewis, J. M. 1978. Medieval Pottery and Metal-ware in Wales. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Class: chafing dish
Sub class: drop handle

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 62.3 mm
Weight: 42.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.57

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
District: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS9867
Four figure Latitude: 51.39283948
Four figure longitude: -3.46741592
1:25K map: SS9867
1:10K map: SS96NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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