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PUBLIC-DEE61D: Medieval lozengiform harness pendant

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Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
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Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete copper-alloy harness pendant dating to the medieval period, c. 13th or 14th century. The pendant takes the form of a hollow, or open centred, lozenge, with an integral sub-circular suspension loop at its top. On the front of the pendant there is a pair of incised transverse lines at the junction of the loop and the pendant's body. The body of the pendant has been decorated with an internal linear lozenge created by a series of incised lines. At the centre each of the pendant's four external sides is a small semi-circular decorative knop. Some traces of gilding are visible on the front of the object, suggesting that originally the entire surface of this object would have been covered. It has a slightly curved front and a flat reverse.

The pendant has been preserved in a good condition with an even brownish patina covering most of its surfaces, except on the reverse where some green corrosion products are visible. The object measures 35.21mm long, 28.13 wide at its widest point and is 0.77mm thick while the suspension loop is 2.2mm wide and 5.11 thick. It weighs 3.1g

The lack of heraldic devices present on this example suggests it was strictly decorative rather than attached to a specific family. Open lozenges are rarely found within the corpus of harness pendants for which reason this find has been marked as a Find of Note. An example illustrated by Ashley (2002, 16-17; no. 150) with a solid centre but similar incised lozenge decoration was described as looking 'early'.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.21 mm
Width: 28.13 mm
Thickness: 0.77 mm
Weight: 3.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th April 2016 - Sunday 24th April 2016

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Arun (District)
Parish or ward: Clapham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ0907
Four figure Latitude: 50.852257
Four figure longitude: -0.45290954
1:25K map: TQ0907
1:10K map: TQ00NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Disturbed

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Ashley, S. 2002 Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk Dereham East Anglian Archaeology 16-17 150

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Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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