ESS-E19CDC: An incomplete Medieval copper alloy key handle, dating AD 1350-1500.e

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Unique ID: ESS-E19CDC

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An incomplete Medieval copper alloy key handle, dating AD 1350-1500. All that remains is the handle of a composite key, with the shank and bit probably having been made of iron and subsequently degraded in the ground. The copper alloy handle is in the shape of a quatrefoil., with th etop lobe being slightly pointed. There is a squared open section at the base, in which the iron key would have been inserted. This section is slightly damaged with a small part missing on one side.

Similar objects are recorded on the PAS database, cf. NLM-EB9248. Ward-Perkins notes that keys of this style tend to date to the 14th-15th century (1940, 140) and are refered to as "quatrelobed rotary" keys.

Dimensions: length: 43.34 mm; width: 28.50 mm; thickness: 11.82 mm; weight: 19.47g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.34 mm
Width: 28.5 mm
Thickness: 11.82 mm
Weight: 19.47 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr B Paites
Identified by: Mr B Paites

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Thurrock (Unitary Authority)
District: Thurrock (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: East Tilbury (Unitary Authority Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ6779
Four figure Latitude: 51.48529558
Four figure longitude: 0.40382003
1:25K map: TQ6779
1:10K map: TQ67NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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