SOM-42E9C7: Unidentified copper alloy object

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Unique ID: SOM-42E9C7

Object type certainty: Certain
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An unidentified copper alloy object of possibly Post Medieval in date. The object is formed of a strip of copper alloy which has been bent into a C-shape. The strip has a D-shaped cross section, with the flat face being external. This terminates in a leaf-shaped (pointed oval) terminal, the internal face of which is convex with an integrally moulded shallow boss, whilst on the reverse of this is a circular recess, giving the external face a concave appearance.

On the other end of the strip, just after the bend of the C, the convex edge expands to create a thickened section with a rectangular cross section. On the external surface thickened section the surface expands into a longitudinally aligned knop with a rectangular cross section, this has been cut into a crude hook. The bottom of the hook is continuous with a deep transverse triangular groove cut into the mid-point of the thickened section. On the inside edge of this thickened section either end is marked by an incised transverse line and with the edges cut into a double curve; with a concave curve on one side in line with the convex curve on the other.

After this thickened section the cross section narrows once again into a circle. This cylindrical section of the object is plain except for at the waist, where it constricts slightly into a raised collar. At this end too there is a similar terminal, although here is is larger and more rounded in shape. On the exterior face there is a sub-rectangular patch of iron corrosion, this possibly masks another rounded boss, as on its reverse there is a circular outline, possibly evidence of a integral rivet which as been filed down. This terminal is flat in section, and is in line with the exterior frace of the strip, on the interior face the objects curves into the flat terminal.

Weight: 10.81g

In plan:

Length: 46.6mm, Width: 27.8mm.

In profile:

Small terminal: Length: 12.2mm, Width: 7.8mm, Thickness: 2.8mm.

D-shaped strip: Width: 4.7mm, Thickness: 2.4mm.

Rectangular section: Length: 14.55mm, Width: 5.0mm, Thickness: 5.2mm, Thickness including hook: 8.3mm, Length of hook: 6.1mm, Width of hook: 1.7mm.

Circular section: Length: 16.3mm, Diameter: 4.4mm.

Large terminal: Length: 14.5mm, Width: 11.2m, Thickness: 3.4mm.

It appears part of this object was designed to fit against a flat surface and the rest may be a leaver to unhook it from whatever the hook attached to. It seems likely the C-shape is not original and it may originally have been straight or L-shaped. One suggestion is that it may be a catch from something like a window but no parallel has currently been identified.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.6 mm
Width: 27.8 mm
Weight: 10.81 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 1995 - Tuesday 15th November 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019065

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: West Somerset (District)
To be known as: Stogumber CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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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