LVPL-3BD087: Post-Medieval pipe tamper singet ring

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PIPE TAMPER

Unique ID: LVPL-3BD087

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete copper alloy signet seal ring combined with a pipe tamper. The finger ring element has a flat oval bezel. The bezel is engraved with a shallow and worn monogram which cannot be deciphered. The hoop is oval in cross-section and the remains of the pipe tamper projects from the apex of the hoop. The pipe tamper is integral to the hoop.

The pipe tamper is circular in cross section and terminates with an ancient break 5mm above the hoop of the ring. The object has a reddish brown patina and is corroded in places.

The two artefacts; finger ring and pipe tamper, were often combined in the 17th century, as gentlemen would apparently often loose their pipe tamper having had too much to drink. With such an artefact the user could wear his ring and conceal the tamper until needed (SUSS-373EA5).

For a similar example recorded on the database see Bloom, C (2013) SWYOR-D0A4F1 A POST MEDIEVAL PIPE TAMPER Webpage available at: http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/544982. A more complete example from Cheshire is LVPL-A563A1, https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/598473.

Dimensions: 27mm in length, 23mm in width, 10mm thick (at bezel), 4.0g.

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: 27 mm
Width: 23 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 12th July 2015 - Sunday 12th July 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Lower Withington

Spatial coordinates


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: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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