LVPL-C8B1A3: Early medieval plumb bob

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PLUMB BOB

Unique ID: LVPL-C8B1A3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete lead alloy plumbob dating to the Medieval period. The weight is oval in plan and cross-section with a central decorated panel on each face. The decorated panel on each face sits within an oval depression with the decoration on one face consisting of a zig-zag ridge running the length of the panel with three pellets between each turn of the ridge. The opposite face of the object is decorated with an scroll pattern.

The top of the object is incomplete and is dished with a projection at each edge. These projections would have expanded to form an attachment loop when complete. The object has a mid-white patina and is in good condition.

Dimensions: 62mm in length, 18mm in width, 8mm thick, 66.3g

Similar examples which have been recorded on the PAS database are LVPL-C4474B https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/800767 and LANCUM-EF6241 https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/500767.

A published parallel is from Abbotts Bromley, Staffordshire which bears an inscription 'ROGER' which allows it to be dated to the 13th-first half or the 14th century (Alexander, J and Binski, P 1987, Age of Chivalry, Art in Plantagenet England, 1200-1400, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, p. 384, No. 427).

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 62 mm
Width: 18 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 66.3 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Interlace
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Guilden Sutton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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

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