IOW-8071FC: Post-Medieval Strap Fitting (sword belt fitting)

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: IOW-8071FC

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete post-Medieval copper-alloy hooked plate from a sword-belt fitting (1600-1700).

These strap-fittings tend to consist of a mount with three suspension loops from which hang a trio of hooked plates; the scabbard straps would have been attached to these plates. The ensemble features foliate decoration on their visible faces. For an illustration of a complete sword-belt fitting, see: Read (2001, 43; ref: 373).

This single hooked plate is sub-triangular in plan and flat on both faces. From the hook end (width 4.9mm) the plate flares out to a width of 15.7mm. Aligned with the base of these side protrusions is the remains of an iron rivet. Below, the object narrows to a waist 9.9mm wide beyond these protrusions, before widening again to 17.8mm. Below these latter, and above the trefoil terminal (width 19.9mm), is another waist at which the plate narrows to 9.9mm. Centrally aligned with the beginning of the trefoil there is the remains of another iron rivet. At the front a moulded scrolled foliage pattern consists of a central vertical branch with fronds veering towards the edges at each side. There is a moulded leaf at the hook end. The rear face is plain. The rearward projecting hook is circular in cross-section and terminates with a globular knop which makes contact with the end of the plate. A freely moving fragment of a copper-alloy mount is held by the hook.

This fitting has a shiny green patina with some areas of corrosion.

Plate: height: 50.0mm; width: 20.4mm; thickness of plate: 2.3mm; thickness including hook: 10.6mm.

Mount fragment: length: 13.4mm; width: 10.6mm; thickness: 2.7mm.

Overall height: 55.1mm. Overall weight: 10.13g.

Such fittings are rarely found complete. Incomplete and fragmentary examples are far more common. An illustration of another complete sword-belt fitting can be found in Read (2001, 43, fig. 26, ref: 373). Such fittings 'proliferate in the 16th and 17th centuries' (Geake 2001, 35). Their design and decoration are relatively standardised.

Read, B. 2001. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity. Portcullis Publishing. Langport

Geake, H. 2001 Finds Recording Guide Version 1.1.

Class: Sword-belt fitting

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1600
Date to: Exactly AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 55.1 mm
Width: 20.4 mm
Thickness: 10.6 mm
Weight: 10.13 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 25th March 2015 - Wednesday 25th March 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2015-1-144

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Geake, H. 2001 Finds Recording Guide Version 1.1 35
Read, B. 2001 Metal artefacts of antiquity: A catalogue of small finds from specific areas of the United Kingdom Langport Portcullis Publishing 43, fig. 26 373

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Audit data

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

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