SOM-E6F34E: Post-Medieval powder holder cap

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POWDER MEASURE

Unique ID: SOM-E6F34E

Object type certainty: Certain
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Post-Medieval sheet lead powder holder cap (c. 17th century). It has straight sides, now squashed inwards, with an oval top (also squashed and distorted). Where the sides meet the top there are two attachment loops, one on each side, one split in the middle, the other bent inwards. The sides are comprised of a strip of lead bent into a circle and attached to edges of the circular face. The other face remains open to allow the rest of the powder holder to fit into it.

The cap measures 24.0 mm in height, 62.0mm by 36.7mm at the top and 35.0mm by 34.0mm at the base. The sides are 3.4mm in thickness and it weighs 127.65g.

Such holders are common finds from Civil War sites and the complete holder may have been attached to the bandolier via a cord running through the two loops at the edges (Courtney 1988, 2). This powder holder is larger than most so was probably used to measure the powder for a cannon or other larger piece. Paul Courtney commented on a similarly large example (SOM-FDCB81 on this database) and suggested it might have been from a large bore fowling piece.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 62 mm
Height: 24 mm
Width: 36 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Weight: 127.65 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st April 2015 - Tuesday 12th May 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Vicky Lemmens
Identified by: Mrs Vicky Lemmens
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 17091

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Tatworth and Forton CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Courtney, P. 1988 Small Arms Accessories of the Mid-Seventeenth Century Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 11

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Audit data

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

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