ESS-E34E89: An incomplete Medieval-Post Medieval copper alloy chaffing dish handle, dating AD 1400-1600.

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Unique ID: ESS-E34E89

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An incomplete Medieval-Post Medieval copper alloy chaffing dish handle, dating AD 1400-1600. The object is in two parts, the drop handle and the lug. The lug is in the form of a hand, which is grasping the handle. The hand is formed from a sub-rectagular end with rounded edges. An oval hole has been cast to run through the centre, forming the inside of the hand, and lines have been engraved onto the top to form fingers. There is a short square cuff below and then a rounded projection at the base, which would have fitted into the rim of the vessel. The handle is flat, with a straight arm running through the lug and a steeply curved arm that would have formed the grip. There are punched annulets along the upper surface of the handle. The object has a mid-dark grey patina, with patches of pale green where the metal has been exposed beneath.

A similar example can be found on the PAS database (SUSS-BE1094) with the lugs often found on their own, cf. DENO-AFCF5D. It is believed these would have been attached to chaffing dishes. chaffing dishes were used to keep food warm at a table and were often elaborately decorated. Anthropomorphic cast decorations are often found on chaffing dishes, making it likely that these hand lugs are from such a vessel.

Dimensions: length: 43.49 mm; width: 33.17 mm; thickness: 16.21 mm; weight: 45.31g.

Class: Chaffing dish
Sub class: Handle

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: CIMS
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.49 mm
Width: 33.17 mm
Thickness: 16.21 mm
Weight: 45.31 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr B Paites
Identified by: Mr B Paites

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OEF 7945

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Chelmsford (District)
Parish or ward: Roxwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL6407
Four figure Latitude: 51.73771391
Four figure longitude: 0.37374206
1:25K map: TL6407
1:10K map: TL60NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: CIMS
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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