LANCUM-6F5811: Powder measure

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POWDER MEASURE

Unique ID: LANCUM-6F5811

Object type certainty: Certain
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A misshapen cast lead cap for a powder measure dating from the post-medieval period, c. 17th century. The cap is complete but squashed and misshapen possibly due to damage within the plough soil. Originally, the open end would have been circular or perhaps oval in plan. The sides tapered to the oval base. The integral loops for attachment at the base of the object are still intact. There are two fairly faint casting seams on the sides. The object has a light/mid- grey patina.

The powder cap is a common find from Civil War sites. The cap was used for measuring a charge of gunpowder. They formed the cap to the powder flask which contained enough gunpowder for a single round. The caps were suspended from a bandolier by cord, and the flask was then pulled away from the cap when it was needed. The powder flasks are sometimes refered to as apostles - possibly suggesting they were issued as a dozen (12). The cap probably dates to the mid 17th century (Courtney: 1988)

Courtney, P. 1988. "Small Arms Accessories of the Mid-Seventeenth Century". Finds Research Group 700 - 1700.

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 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18 mm
Width: 27 mm
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 19.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 17th April 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: South Ribble (District)
To be known as: Hutton

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

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

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