NLM-5EFFAE: Early Medieval Bell

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Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy harness bell. Long conical bell of rolled sheet metal with a butted seam on the reverse and with three triangular points folded together at the broader curved end. Each of the slits between the three points ends in a curved cut-out, forming three sound holes. There are traces of a pair of horizontally incised lines at the mid point of the bell, and another pair towards its top. A small hammered and drilled suspension loop of D-shaped form is at the top, pierced from side to side and projecting at the front. The bell retains an internal 'pea' or clapper, of uncertain form and material. Height: 40.1mm, Diameter: 11.6mm, Thickness (at base): c.0.5mm, Weight: 4.44g.

A pair of similar bells, identically decorated, are shown by Griffiths (1986, fig. 20) on an elaborate set including two shield-shaped horse-harness pendants, but with no provenance cited. Similar bells on the PAS database, but without decoration, include KENT-1EABA5.

Class: Harness

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 40.1 mm
Thickness: 0.5 mm
Weight: 4.44 g
Diameter: 11.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 6th May 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM28670

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Bassetlaw (District)
To be known as: Walkeringham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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