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Unique ID: NARC-8B37D9
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
An incomplete lead alloy Palm Guard of Post-Medieval to Modern date (AD 1600-1900). The object is a palm guard for leatherworking and is sub-ovate in plan and slightly concave with two circular depressions on the convex face. The object is missing a section possibly due to post depositional processes.
The metal is a creamy grey in colour with a smooth patina
Leather workers' palm guards are discussed in an article in Gordon Bailey's 'Detector Finds 2', 1993, pages 64-5. Dating of these artefacts is very difficult; the earliest examples seem to date from the 17th century, although they may have been in use right through to the 20th century (Bailey, 1993, page 64).
Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Database: SWYOR-0E65DB, SUR-C563FD and DUR-B1AFC6
Length: 98.94mm, Width: 42.74mm, Thickness: 8.14mm, Weight: 147.7g
Class: Palm Guard
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Length: 98.94 mm
Width: 42.74 mm
Thickness: 8.14 mm
Weight: 147.7 g
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4 Figure: SP9265
Four figure Latitude: 52.27546238
Four figure longitude: -0.65301689
1:25K map: SP9265
1:10K map: SP96NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.
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