NARC-7E7994: NARC-7E7994 : 2016-T721 : Bodkin

Rights Holder: Northamptonshire County Council
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Unique ID: NARC-7E7994

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete silver Bodkin dating to the Post-Medieval period (AD 1600-1700). The object is the majority of the shaft of a bodkin with the upper and lower portions missing due to old and abraded breaks. The shaft is broadly rectangular in plan and section and tapers slightly in towards the lower end. The upper knop and pointed terminating end are missing. The shaft has an incised decorative pattern, some of which is obscured by wear. The visible portion of pattern is an incised V within which is cross hatching on both sides. The object has a distorted shape.

Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Database: LEIC-6A9087 2015-T979, BUC-816668 2016-T524 and WMID-F16806 2014-T623.


The object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T721


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.29 mm
Width: 4.28 mm
Thickness: 2.27 mm
Weight: 4.1 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Ellie Cox
Identified by: Miss Ellie Cox

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T721

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Kettering (District)
Parish or ward: Pytchley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP8573
Four figure Latitude: 52.34849243
Four figure longitude: -0.75356757
1:25K map: SP8573
1:10K map: SP87SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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