YORYM-F961D7: Post-medieval skillet cooking vessel leg

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VESSEL

Unique ID: YORYM-F961D7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper-alloy pot leg from a skillet of post-medieval date (1600-1800AD). The fragment is D-shaped in section, with no distinct foot: the outer edge at the bottom of the leg extends slightly so the leg would sit at a 60 degree angle, and the bottom is flat. The inside of the leg has a central rectangular groove running longitudinally down the entire leg. The leg itself is complete with triangular shaped section of the vessel body still present where it joins the leg. This particular form is characteristic of later vessels with simpler forms used to create sand-cast skillets. Most skillets are recorded as 17th-18th or early 19th century date (see (Butler, Green and Payne 2009, p.2-3).

The metal is a dark grey colour, with a patchy and covering green patina. The leg is 106.34mm in length, 32.34mm wide, 18.67mm thick and weighs 244g.

Copper alloy vessels were commonly used for cooking from AD1100 to the late 1700s where they were gradually phased out in favour of cast-iron pots and saucepans designed for kitchen ranges. Therefore it is difficult to closely date this object further without archaeological context. Cooking vessels were cast using two piece moulds until the late 17th century and the introduction of sand-casting. Skillets could be cast using one piece moulding. Legs and handles were created in a single cast together with the body.

Class: Skillet
Sub class: Leg

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 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 106.34 mm
Width: 32.34 mm
Thickness: 18.67 mm
Weight: 244 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st September 2015 - Wednesday 30th September 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Kerrie Hoffman
Identified by: Miss Kerrie Hoffman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04597

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Acaster Malbis (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5944
Four figure Latitude: 53.88883564
Four figure longitude: -1.1038079
1:25K map: SE5944
1:10K map: SE54SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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Updated: 3 years ago

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