NMGW-F1F9EE: cast pin, probably Medieval

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Unique ID: NMGW-F1F9EE

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Copper alloy cast pin, probably Medieval, possibly of 14th or early 15th century date

The pin is complete, with a slightly distorted shank (with a length of 142.4mm and a weight of 6.3g). The copper alloy head is globular or of flattened-spherical (with a diameter of 8.3mm and a height of 6.6mm). There is no applied decoration evident on the head. The shank is also of copper alloy and has a fairly consistent diameter, but narrows slightly along its length (with a diameter beneath the head of 2.5mm and 2.3mm at its midsection) before converging to the tip. The surface is poorly preserved with remnant traces of a dark-green patina.

Egan & Pritchard (1991, p 297-304) catalogued the metal pins from excavations in London and noted their frequency in 14th and early 15th century contexts. These pins have separate applied heads, often in different materials or alloys. The study further notes that undecorated pin-heads, tend to be longer similar to this example. The pin can be paralleled in its head form and scale with the excavated examples (ibid. fig. 201).

1. Egan G. & Pritchard F. 1991; Medieval Finds from Excavations in London: 3; Dress Accessories; Museum Of London

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 142.4 mm
Weight: 6.3 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.130.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS6290
Four figure Latitude: 51.59189924
Four figure longitude: -3.99354509
1:25K map: SS6290
1:10K map: SS69SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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

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