NMGW-DFFFA1: Late medieval to post medieval purse bar of Ward Perkins Type B1

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Unique ID: NMGW-DFFFA1

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Late medieval to post medieval copper alloy purse bar probably of 16th century date


The purse is represented by the loop and incomplete bar (with a weight of 15.1g) and is of Ward Perkins (1940, p 168) Type B1. The loop is sub-oval and slightly distorted (with an overall length of 50.3mm and a width near the top of 17.8mm) and converges to its base. There is no surviving decoration at the base of the loop. The shank has been peened over a broad washer (8.9mm diameter), now damaged, at the base to secure it within the central block. The central block is sub-rectangular (16.0mm wide, 9.3mm high and 9.1mm thick). There is the suggestion of an incised chevron decorating the block, now heavily worn and corroded. The incomplete bar was comparatively short (with a surviving width of 39.6mm) and appears to have been decorated with cast ribbed mouldings (with a diameter of 5.3mm). The terminals of the frame are not present but would have been secured by the riveted globular washer. The surface is very heavily corroded with a pale-brown patina and green corrosion.

The purse bar corresponds with Ward Perkins Type B1, which he parallels with purse representations on early-to-mid-16th century brasses.

1. Ward Perkins, J.B., 1940, London Museum Medieval Catalogue

Class: purse bar of Ward Perkins Type B1

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 50.3 mm
Weight: 15.1 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.126.5

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS6598
Four figure Latitude: 51.66451498
Four figure longitude: -3.95335131
1:25K map: SS6598
1:10K map: SS69NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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