NMS-236202: Post-medieval vervel

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Unique ID: NMS-236202

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

Post-medieval silver hawking vervel. D-sectioned band, the convex face inwards, engraved externally BILNGFORD IN NOR presumably for Billingford. There is a faint transverse line between the G and E indicating the join in the ring, and the remains of a very worn and now indecipherable mark between the R and B, perhaps a maker's mark. External diameter 11mm. Internal diameter 9mm. Width of band 2.5mm. Weight 0.57g. Circa 17th century.

Discussion: Vervels were fixed to the leather jesses on the feet of birds of prey and may have served as points of attachment for the leash. They often occurred in multiples, with the name of the owner of the bird on one vervel and the place of residence (as here) on the other. The form and lettering on this item are consistent with another vervel reported under the Treasure Act and recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme: 2007 T378; KENT-C245C7 from Chiddingstone, Kent, whilst 2013 T477; SOM-D02D71 from Taunton, Somerset shares similar calligraphy, particularly the 'R' with the elongated leg. Both examples are thought to date from the 17th century.


The age and precious metal content of this item therefore qualify it as treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.


Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Norwich Castle Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T73


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 2.5 mm
Diameter: 11 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th December 2015 - Sunday 20th December 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch
Secondary identifier: Mr Ian Richardson

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 49055
Other reference: IND04012016ED
Treasure case number: 2016T73

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Erpingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TG2031
Four figure Latitude: 52.83158102
Four figure longitude: 1.26442623
1:25K map: TG2031
1:10K map: TG23SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Norwich Castle Museum

References cited

No references cited so far.

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