KENT-DCB1E5: Copper-alloy post-medieval buckle and buckleplate

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Unique ID: KENT-DCB1E5

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An incomplete copper-alloy medieval asymmetrical double loop buckle with buckleplate, c. 1200-1300AD.

Description: The buckle consists of two loops, the outer loop is D-Shaped and the inner one is rectangular. The buckle is decorated with a transverse groove across the pin bar, ending in a Y shape, the outside of the edge next to the terminal of the transverse groove has shallow rounded moulded decoration. The D-shaped end has a set of three triangles with internal decoration of two triangles below a diamond. The strap pin is missing due to the break in the strap-bar. The buckleplate, is a rectangular sheet of copper-alloy with a notch in the middle to warp round the strap bar of the buckle. The back of the buckleplate is undecorated and the front has a central openwork design within a square border. The openwork decoration is that of a bird with the wings and eyes picked out with minor detail. Surrounding this is a border made up of small etched squares, followed by an outside thin solid line border. The only place any of the decoration is interrupted is at back corners which have circular rivet holes in the corners with both copper-alloy rivets remaining. The plate has the bottom left corner bent backwards and the buckle is highly twists slightly back on themselves. The entire object is a dark green colour.

Measurements: 35.5mm long, 36.99mm wide, 17.4mm thick and 15.59g in weight.

Discussion: This buckle is a rare example of a 13th century assymetrical buckle frame either produced in Limoges france or in the 13th century Limoges style. Similar to those illustrated by Boehm and Taburet-Delahaye (1996, 287, no. 91) and on the database @:NMS-809D31 and WILT-7C26B4

Class: Double loop asymmetrical

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.5 mm
Width: 36.99 mm
Thickness: 17.4 mm
Weight: 15.59 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Shepway (District)
Parish or ward: Burmarsh (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR0832
Four figure Latitude: 51.0496727
Four figure longitude: 0.96623017
1:25K map: TR0832
1:10K map: TR03SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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