HAMP-8D6FC9: Post Medieval Decorative Hinge Fitting

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Unique ID: HAMP-8D6FC9

Object type certainty: Possibly
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An early post-medieval copper alloy decorative hinge fitting, possibly from a box or a book clasp, dating to the 16th or 17th century. It consists of an openwork plate with a hinge at one end formed by two strips of metal curled around a piece of copper wire, the exposed part of which is missing. The plate is roughly triangular in shape consisting of a heart-shaped openwork design extending into a fleur-de-lis terminal, with a smaller fleur-de-lis and bifurcated decoration within the heart. To the reverse two bent copper alloy rivets project below the rolls of the hinge and a further rivet projects from the reverse of the terminal.

The fitting is 30.8mm long, a maximum of 17.85mm wide and 4.95mm thick. It weighs 1.59.


Although a direct parallel has not been found, similar examples on the PAS database include SF-6228D6, SWYOR-02B792 and SOM-909472.

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 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.8 mm
Width: 17.85 mm
Thickness: 4.95 mm
Weight: 1.59 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 21st February 2015 - Saturday 21st February 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Joanna Cole
Identified by: Miss Joanna Cole

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form No. 4258

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Openwork
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Great Milton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP6103
Four figure Latitude: 51.72241363
Four figure longitude: -1.1183117
1:25K map: SP6103
1:10K map: SP60SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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