CAM-797F22: Post-Medieval hooked sword-belt mount

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Unique ID: CAM-797F22

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A Post-Medieval copper-alloy flat asymmetrical mount with separate rivets and hooked terminal. This mount would have been used as part of a sword-belt and dates to the c.16th century AD. Total weight is 11.14g. The length of the complete mount is 50.4mm, maximum width 19.9mm and thickness is 2.7mm. This has a very flattened 'D' shaped cross section the reverse surface being flat and a slight hint of a convex surface to the front. The front surface is decorated with incised or probably moulded curvilinear depressed foliate lines. The tip of one lobe is missing but it is unclear whether this is the result of damage and is now a worn break or imperfect moulding during production. The remains of two iron rivets, set centrally either end of the mount, are visible. The circular rivet holes had an approximate diameter of 4.0mm. The integral hook curves forwards, to a maximum depth of 11.8mm, ending with a small bulbous expansion, the tip of which makes contact with the front of the mount at the very base of the mount and start of the hook. An incomplete separate but related part consisting of a loop survives looped over the hook. This fragment has a similar cross-section to the mount, thickness of 2.5mm and maximum width of 10.3mm. The top of this loop is curved and has a circular perforation of 6.5mm diameter. The fragment tapers below this aperture to a width of 7.5mm. At a length of 17.5mm from the top of the loop a worn 'V' shaped break, the centre projecting to the greatest length, is present. Total incomplete length of the two parts together is 62.0mm.

See Read, B., 2001 Metal artefacts of antiquity: A catalogue of small finds from specific areas of the United Kingdom Langport : Portcullis Publishing, pp. 42-43, fig.25 & 26, no.359 & 373.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 11.14 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Helen Fowler
Identified by: Ms Helen Fowler

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
Parish or ward: Longstanton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL4065
Four figure Latitude: 52.2653474
Four figure longitude: 0.05009376
1:25K map: TL4065
1:10K map: TL46NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2001 Metal artefacts of antiquity: A catalogue of small finds from specific areas of the United Kingdom Langport Portcullis Publishing pp. 42-43, fig.25 & 26, no.359 & 373.

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

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