SWYOR-0EC725: Post Medieval Stuart Enamel unidentified object

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Unique ID: SWYOR-0EC725

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A copper alloy circular unidentified object decorated with "Stuart Enamels" and dating from the 17th century. The object is a convex circular disc with the convex outer face decorated with enamle, and the hollow reverse undecorated. There is a thickened area on the reverse at the edge, from which projects to the side a worn and corroded triangle of metal, probably once a suspension loop or hinge. Oddly, this projection does not line up with the cross in the design. The enamelling consists of a cross crosslet in white enamel with each quarter being filled with alternate blue and turquoise enamel. A reserved space in the cente of each quarter leaves an inward pointing fleur de lis unenamelled. It is uncertain what filled the spaces between the cross and the blue enamels, if anything. The object is perhaps a harness pendant or lid from a small vessel such as an inkwell. It is 52.3mm long, 45.2mm wide and 5.4mm thick. 17.4g.

Record SOM-BB0BB4 notes that according to Geoff Egan, the manufacturers of this sort of material also produced enamelled buckle, buttons, stirrups and ornate candlesticks. This material was being made at the time of the Commonwealth and later (if not slightly earlier as well). The range was formerly known as 'Surrey enamels' from a mistaken attribution to a foundry there, but it has recently come to light that known makers in London were responsible. See C. Blair, 'Surrey' enamels reattributed' in the Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, vol. 13, 2005, (part 1) pp. 2-9; vol. 14 (part 2 with A. Patterson), pp. 10-21.

HESH-F9BBC9 adds that other objects with this style of decoration include buttons recorded on the PAS with a wide range of designs including zoomorphic (e.g. BH-DEE512) and, most commonly, flower designs (e.g. CORN-87AA74). Read (2010: 53-6) illustrates a range of similar buttons.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.3 mm
Width: 45.2 mm
Thickness: 5.4 mm
Weight: 17.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2015 - Saturday 31st January 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS Form number 2475

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Laughton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8597
Four figure Latitude: 53.46289597
Four figure longitude: -0.72116916
1:25K map: SK8597
1:10K map: SK89NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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