SOM-2CA2EB: Post Medieval dress accessory

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Unique ID: SOM-2CA2EB

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure case 2016 T1061: Disclaimed, returned to finder.

Description: A fragment of a probably Post Medieval dress accessory of uncertain form, made of silver wire. The fragment consists of a triangular piece, broken and distorted along one edge but seemingly complete on the other two sides. The back of the object is made of silver wire laid in a grid, with interwoven strands like a net. The complete edge is formed from a V-shaped piece of plain silver wire soldered onto the front of the mesh or net, with a line of twisted wire outside this. Filling most of the centre of the V on the front are seven rings of spiral-wound (or 'cannetille') wire, each holding a central pellet. It is unclear if these covered the whole surface, or formed a V shape around the edge.

The form of the rest of the object is unclear.

Dimensions: The fragment is 12.1mm long by 9.9mm wide and up to 2.2mm thick ignoring the curve; it weighs 0.47g.

Discussion: This is an unusual piece without exact parallels in the usual sources. The wires which hold the pellets create a decorative effect seen on some dress accessories from the 17th century, for example a silver button from the Storrington area, West Sussex (2010 T370; SUSS-23DFD4), other silver buttons recorded at NMS-817053 and HESH-AAF665, and on whistles such as SOM-B8F871.

The fitting appears to consist of over 10% precious metal and on balance of probability is more than 300 years old, so constitutes Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996.

Laura Burnett

Finds Liaison Officer for Somerset

July 2017

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 12.1 mm
Width: 9.9 mm
Thickness: 2.2 mm
Weight: 0.47 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st September 2016 - Friday 30th September 2016

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 5 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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