IOW-3E25A3: Post-Medieval Unidentified Object

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Unique ID: IOW-3E25A3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete copper-alloy unidentified object, possibly a mount, of probable post-Medieval date (c. 1700-c. 1900).

It is sub-oval in plan and in the form of a cherubic male face with a hollow rear. It has curls forming the hair. The eyes are deeply set beneath a relatively prominent brow, and the nose, mouth and chin are all quite small and close together. The cheeks are prominent and rounded, which give the face its cherubic appearance. There is a break just below the chin. The rear face has no obvious means of attachment.

This object is reddish brown with tiny flecks of green patina.

Height: 20.3mm; width: 21.5mm; thickness: 4.8mm. Weight: 3.36g.

The dating of cherubic mounts is often problematic since similar devices are utilised in both the Roman and Post-Medieval to Modern periods. However, the overall appearance of the hair and face, indicate that it is likely to be post-Medieval in date and therefore probably from the 18th-20th centuries AD.

Similar objects have been recorded on The Portable Antiquities Scheme database. See finds: BUC-B81DF4; DEV-CBB5E4; SF-F2C6E6; SF-4BE493; SF8645; SF-8DBEE6; SF-FAF633 and SF-FE380A.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 20.3 mm
Width: 21.5 mm
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 3.36 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 18th January 2015 - Sunday 18th January 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2015-2-93

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Cub rally
Current location: finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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