YORYM-BD6741: Medieval : Strap Fitting

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: YORYM-BD6741

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete copper-alloy swivel strap fitting of medieval date c.AD 1100-1500. The fitting comprises a D-shaped loop with moulded terminals to either side of the lower bar. The terminals possibly represent stylised forward facing beasts though are extremely worn. The lower bar opens to an ovate collar with an integral circular sectioned shaft protruding from the centre of the lower edge.

The metal has a dark green patina and is worn. The swivel is 31.7mm long, 25.8mm wide, 10.7mm thick and weighs 12.6g.

Similar fittings have been recorded with the PAS, including YORYM-AF13C3, LEIC-1CBC1B, LIN-26C9BD, SF-8C64EA, BH-F91D77, and DENO-D14C32.

Swivel mechanisms such as this were employed for a variety of functions during the medieval period as strap fittings and as such a specific function cannot be attributed to them, but it is suggested that they may have formed part of a lead for pets. The stylised zoomorphic terminals are a typical feature of such objects.

Class: swivel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.7 mm
Width: 25.8 mm
Thickness: 10.7 mm
Weight: 12.6 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04924

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Craven (District)
Parish or ward: Cracoe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD9759
Four figure Latitude: 54.02698493
Four figure longitude: -2.04728596
1:25K map: SD9759
1:10K map: SD95NE
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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