SOM-3DF4FE: Late Medieval to Post Medieval spoon handle fragment

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Unique ID: SOM-3DF4FE

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An incomplete copper alloy spoon handle of potentially late Medieval to Post Medieval date c. AD 1300- 1600. The handle is cross section and tapers in width slightly towards the point at which the bowl of the spoon would have attached however both ends now terminate in worn breaks. The front of the handle is decorated with an inscribed design consisting of two parallel two linear grooves forming a border to an inscribed inscription. The inscription reads [...]R. DEI (where the D is lombardic) M[...]. The reverse of the handle is flat and undecorated but has a series of shallow londitudinal scratches running accross its surface indicating that the back has been filed.

It is 17.86mm in length with a maximum width of 6.99 tapering to 6.59 with a thickness of 1.41mm and a weight of 0.82g

A more complete example has been recorded on the datbase under WMID-5FF2DB and it is likley following this example that the full inscription reads MATER.DEI.MEMANTO.MEI (Mother of God, Remember Me ). A similar spoon handle has also been recorded on the PAS database as BH-E4DAA8, although unlike our example and WMID-5FF2DB, this example is in silver. Neither have the bowl attached to the suggestion of Spoon handles remains unconfirmed. Similar inscriptions appear on several other artefacts, all of a Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1300 to AD 1600). These artefacts include: purse bar SUR-B93AC3 and finger rings LON-596D94 & BH-7ADF24.

Inscription: [...]R . DEI . M[...]

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.86 mm
Width: 6.99 mm
Thickness: 1.41 mm
Weight: 0.82 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th January 2016 - Sunday 24th January 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Susan Walker
Identified by: Ms Susan Walker
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 17427

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Shepton Beauchamp

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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