NMGW-A2EEDE: Belt or strap mount, possibly of late medieval date

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Copper alloy openwork probable strap-end, of late medieval date.

The mount is incomplete, broken at one end and possibly also broken at the other (with a surviving length of 32.2mm and a weight of 10.7g). The wider end is straight and is the thickest surviving part of the mount (with a width of 25.1mm and a thickness of 4.2mm) and appears to be near-complete but is corroded. The end is decorated on both faces with diagonal incised marks; on the front face, the marks are cut through a rounded rib, while on the rear fewer marks are cut through the edge. The sides are convex (reaching a maximum width of 28.3mm where the mount has a thickness of 2.7mm) forming an openwork D-shaped panel. The edges are enhanced with notches and the interior contains a geometric design possibly representing a letter S in a gothic script and incorporating two circular holes at each end (of 2mm diameter), probably holes to accommodate attachment rivets. Beyond the D-shaped openwork panel, the mount narrows (to 15.4mm) before widening to a linear bar (21.3mm wide). The mount thins on both faces (to 1.0mm) beyond the bar, across which it has broken.

See a comparable example in Egan in Griffiths et al. (2007, 139; pl. 24, no. 1621).

Class: belt or strap mount
Inscription: S

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1375
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.2 mm
Width: 25.1 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 10.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick
Secondary identifier: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.88

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Openwork
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
District: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Port Eynon (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS4586
Four figure Latitude: 51.55153809
Four figure longitude: -4.23699856
1:25K map: SS4586
1:10K map: SS48NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Updated: 4 months ago

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