NMGW-73EF6C: Post Medieval button

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Unique ID: NMGW-73EF6C

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Post medieval tin-alloy (pewter) button of 16th century date

The button is of domed, 'pimple' form with integral, looped shank and is complete but slightly distorted (with a length of 17.9mm and a weight of 3.3g). The head is solid and of hemispherical form (with a diameter of 11.2mm and a height of 5.6mm) with cast decoration comprising bold radiating ribs converging towards a cross containing a central knop at the apex. The shaft is oval section with a circular loop at its end (with an external diameter of 8.9mm and and an internal diameter of 4.3mm). The surface has a silver-grey corrosion.


The metallurgy of the button was analysed to ascertain the composition, because it appeared to containing silver and therefore may need to be considered under the 1996 Treasure Act. The analysis was undertaken using X-ray fluorescence, the results are not semi-quantitative but indicate that the alloy is a pewter, lead - tin alloy with only trace levels of silver.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.9 mm
Height: 5.6 mm
Weight: 3.3 g
Diameter: 11.2 mm

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.166.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Tin or tin alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
District: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Wenvoe (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST1272
Four figure Latitude: 51.44013338
Four figure longitude: -3.26749637
1:25K map: ST1272
1:10K map: ST17SW
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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