SOM-47EC37: Medieval strap fitting

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Unique ID: SOM-47EC37

Object type certainty: Probably
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Medieval copper alloy rectangular strap mount, probably from a book, formed of front and back plates joined by separate copper alloy rivets. The front plate is 26.8mm by 16.7mm and 0.8mm thick. It is decorated with a pair of incised transverse grooves at each end (four grooves in all). The back plate is narrower and longer (28.8mm by 16.1mm by 0.8mm thick). There are circular holes through the centre of both plates, the front one is 4.0mm in diameter and the back one is 3.1mm in diameter. Burring on the inner faces of the plates show the holes were punched thorugh from the outer side. There are two rivets joining the plates, one near each end placed centrally. Each is level with the front and burred over but slightly projecting on the back. The entire piece is 4.8mm thick and weighs 4.73 grams.

Similar mounts are illustrated by Egan and Pritchard (1991:225) including 1207 which has four rivets. They also (ibid:226) refer to examples with two rivets (e.g. no.1202). The former dates to c.1350 to 1400 and the later to c.1450-1500 and this range covers all the examples illustrated there. Egan and Pritchard (ibid 227) suggest the use is unknown but may be decorative rather than fuctional as examples found on straps do not always have the leather pierced in line with the hole through the plates and while some link two ends of straps, others do not.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.7

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.7 mm
Width: 28.8 mm
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 4.73 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 16th August 2014 - Saturday 16th August 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett
Secondary identifier: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 17042, finders ref JP 19

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: West Lavington CP

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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