SOM-7C1434: Roman nail cleaner

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Unique ID: SOM-7C1434

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A complete Roman, copper alloy finger nail cleaner of Crummy Type 4.

The blade itself is leaf shaped, and widens to an angular shoulder before tapering in a concave curve from the shoulders to two rounded points which are both worn. The edges are bwvelled widening from the front to the back. The blade is decorated, on the obverse, with a ring and dot motif by the shoulders, from this runs a row of small circular indents, that run in a line along the remaining length of the blade terminating shortly before the blade seperates to form two points. The back of the blade is flat and undecorated.

The blade then joins retangular shaft (17.28mm long) that is D-shaped in section with a flat back that ultimately terminates in the supension loop.The circular supension loop is at right angles to the plane of the blade. Both the junction of the blade and shaft, and that of the shaft and suspension loop are flanked by indents with projecting ends creating crescents

It is 51.11mm long, with a maximimum width at the blade of 7.94mm and a minimum width at the blade of 2.5mm with a thickness of 2.0mm. The handle section is 4.00mm wide and 3.07mm thick, and the supension loop is 8.64mm in diameter. It weighs 4.60g.

Crummy type 4 dates to the late fourth century (Crummy 1983: 58) and is typified by the longer shaft and presence of decoration on the blade. A similar example, but theith a loop in the same plane rather than transversely as on this example is illustrated in Crummy (2001:6) from Wavendon Gate.

Class: Crummy Type 4

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 300
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.11 mm
Width: 7.94 mm
Thickness: 3.07 mm
Weight: 4.06 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2016 - Thursday 20th October 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Susan Walker
Identified by: Ms Susan Walker
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 017439

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: West Knoyle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST8433
Four figure Latitude: 51.09608065
Four figure longitude: -2.22986222
1:25K map: ST8433
1:10K map: ST83SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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