SWYOR-89BD21: Medieval vessel mount

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Unique ID: SWYOR-89BD21

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy probably Medieval to Post Medieval mount from a metal vessel such as an ewer dating from AD 1400 - 1600. The mount is in the form of a bird bending forwards towards its breast, probably a pelican in her piety. The neck thus forms an arch which could have been used for suspension. There are moulded stylised feathers on the shoulders, and the folded wings and tail are also moulded, with wide incised lines on the tail perhaps representing feathers. The bird's legs are indistinct, being combined into a pedestal which is octagonal in cross-section with concave sides. A similar octagonal concave or waisted stem is below this, and the mount terminates in a circular rivet like those seen on chafing dish handle lugs which this object could also be. The mount could also have been a handle escutcheon to support a suspension ring, or a handle on the top of a vessel lid. The style is very similar to the zoomorphic spouts that are commonly recorded from Tudor vessels such as SUSS-63ADF4. Of particular interest is BH-AFB002 which is a spout in the form of a bird. The figurine is 39.8mm long, 34.1mm wide and 8.4mm thick. 15.97g. No exact parallel has yet been identified.

Class: ewer
Sub class: mount

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.8 mm
Width: 34.1 mm
Thickness: 8.4 mm
Weight: 15.97 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 10th October 2015 - Saturday 10th October 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2905

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Welton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9726
Four figure Latitude: 53.72140026
Four figure longitude: -0.53147455
1:25K map: SE9726
1:10K map: SE92NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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