LEIC-51E6F2: Anglo-Scandinavian copper alloy stirrup mount

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Unique ID: LEIC-51E6F2

Object type certainty: Certain
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Anglo-Scandinavian Copper alloy mount, 39mm long, 24mm wide and 3mm thick. The object weighs 8.04 grams and has a reddish brown patina. The object is roughly triangular and curves slightly from the centre. There is a rivet hole in each corner, two still have rivets attached. The surface is decorated with what appear to be random drilled holes about 2mm in diameter. Around its surface are traces of a raised rounded band which criss-crosses the surface and is more visible around the edge. This may be a representation of an entwining serpent? The reverse is plain and there is no sign of a flange. The object appears to be a perfect match for a Northern(?) french example in Williams' Late saxon Stirrup mounts (Class B, no Type; p. 106; ref. C23), though its attachment means appear to be more similar to mounts in the Urnes style rather than the stirrup-strap mounts with iron rivets.


This is only the second mount of this type recorded in England and it is the first with a location, The other example belongs to the British Museum and is unprovenanced.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Leicestershire Museums


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian style
Date from: Circa AD 1050
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39 mm
Width: 24 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 8.04 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 11th October 2004

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: X.A123.2009

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
Parish or ward: Kirby Bellars (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7117
Four figure Latitude: 52.74596864
Four figure longitude: -0.94965856
1:25K map: SK7117
1:10K map: SK71NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Leicestershire Museums

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Williams, D. 1997 Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts: A Classification and Catalogue York CBA Research Report 111 106 23

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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