LANCUM-AFF428: Heraldic device / horse harness pendant

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Unique ID: LANCUM-AFF428

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Cast copper alloy heraldic device or harness pendant dating from the medieval period, probably the early 13th century, that is 1200-1230. The harness pendant is made from openwork copper alloy. It is nearly complete with the hanger lug, small axis bar and the pendant mostly intact. However, all surfaces are extremely worn. The pendant depicts a king, royal or knight on horseback, riding right. He appears to wear a crown on his head and possibly a mail shirt. He holds a sword upright in his right hand and the horse's reins with the left.

Webley suggests as a parallel a double-plate pendant from London published by Clark (2004, 64; fig. 47, no. 54). He argues that the form of the pendant is different, but the knights themselves look rather similar. They describe their knight as stylistically C13th, and it was dated by the pottery to c. 1200-1230.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Sub class: set

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1230

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55 mm
Width: 42.5 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 11.15 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th February 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: Eden (District)
To be known as: Cliburn

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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