BERK-20B4E4: Stirrup-strap mount - front.

Rights Holder: West Berkshire
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Unique ID: BERK-20B4E4

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An Early Medieval (C.11th) copper alloy stirrup strap mount with the engraved decoration picked out in silver wire. It is Williams Class A Type 1 featuring two addorsed beasts beneath a pendant loop. The beasts have upwardly turned noses, projecting ears and curling crests (just below the pendant loop); all of these elements project as lobes from the edge of the mount. Just below the curling crests are two triangular areas in the decoration that have been chiseled out. The bodies of the beasts are represented by a series of knots that develop from the heads. At the base of the design is a notched line that runs parallel to the base of the mount. The pendant loop is perforated and there are two further perforations above the notched line in the design. The mount has a stepped flange that does not extend along the full width of the mount but is more of a projecting tab. No traces of iron are present. Dimensions: length: 48.09mm; width: 36.12mm; thickness: 7.09mm; width of flange: 3.80mm; weight: 21.46g.

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: AD 1000
Date to: AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 48.09 mm
Width: 36.12 mm
Thickness: 7.09 mm
Weight: 21.46 g

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast

Surface Treatment: Inlaid with other or unknown

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Shaw

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Williams, D. 1997 Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts: A Classification and Catalogue York CBA Research Report 111 26-27 Fig.19 No. 5

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Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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