NMS-551569: Post medieval book fitting

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Unique ID: NMS-551569

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Treasure Case 2016 T748.

Description: Medieval or post medieval silver hinged mount. The object has at hinge at one end comprising two loops bent backwards which house the silver axis bar. The loops project from a rectangular plate decorated with an engraved border of zig zigs with three triangles also composed of engraved zig zags within. The plate then narrows into a devolved trefoil shape with bevelled edges. It exhibits two rivet holes, both of which retain cylindrical silver rivets which have been hammered at either end. On the reverse of the plate, just behind the hinge is an engraved X made up of zig zag lines.

Date: c. AD 1200 - 1600.

Dimensions: Length: 29.77mm, width 13.3mm, thickness (including rivets): 4.8mm, (not including rivets) 1.3mm, weight: 3.7g.

Discussion: Two similar objects, both described as hinged mounts have been reported through the Treasure Act and are dated to the medieval period. The decorative style of this example suggests a potentially later date, however, it is likely to be over 300 years old. See: BERK-E70F34 (2005 T336) & WMID-BCCFC6 (2009 T98).

The object appears to consist of over 10% precious metal and be over 300 years old at the time of finding and as such qualifies as potential Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.6.4

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T748


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.77 mm
Width: 13.3 mm
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 3.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 17th August 2016 - Wednesday 17th August 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Julie Shoemark
Identified by: Miss Julie Shoemark

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 61405
Other reference: IND17082016JS
Treasure case number: 2016T748

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Great Yarmouth (District)
To be known as: Martham

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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