DUR-94859C: DUR-94859C

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Unique ID: DUR-94859C

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy 'Tombac' button, dating from the middle to late post medieval period (c.1700-1800 AD). The convex obverse of the circular cast button is plain, with no visible decoration. However, traces of the original brown patina are visible, and the rim of the button is thinly chamfered. The concave reverse has an integral shank to which projection is fixed the corroded remains of an iron attachment loop.

The button is 23.49mm in diameter, 4.59mm thick, and weighs 5.1g.

A similar button (SWYOR-EF9CE2) is recorded on the database, and a parallel can also be found in Bailey (2004, 49: fig 9.57). Both examples are of similar 18th century date

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.59 mm
Weight: 5.1 g
Diameter: 23.49 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st December 2016 - Thursday 1st December 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Benjamin Westwood
Identified by: Mr Benjamin Westwood

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bishop Auckland (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2131
Four figure Latitude: 54.6736345
Four figure longitude: -1.67587912
1:25K map: NZ2131
1:10K map: NZ23SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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