LVPL-A6DB76: Post-medieval object

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Unique ID: LVPL-A6DB76

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy pipe tamper, of Post Medieval dating (Late 17th Century AD).

The stem of the object is missing while the decorative terminal remains. The terminal is in the form of the bust of the monarch, wearing a crown and facing forwards. The crown is double arched. The bust has long wavy shoulder length hair. The face has prominent eyebrows, sub circular eyes, a triangular nose, a wide moustache and possibly a short beard on his chin. Clothing wise, he is wearing a doublet or jerkin with prominent shoulders, with a high sided cravat or collar around his neck. A chain or collar of office present, sat on his shoulders. At the top of the chest is an irregular perforation. It is unclear whether this is intentional or damage. The rear of the object is flat and undecorated.

The object has a reddish brown patina with patches of silvering or tinning in places. A complete example which has been recorded on the PAS database is WMID-5E97D1,

From the hairstyle and clothing, it is reasonable to assume that the pipe tamper portrays King Charles I (AD 1625 to AD 1643). Finds of Royalist memorabilia are relatively common, the most common being the cufflinks depicting two hearts, meant to signify the marriage of King Charles II to Catherine of Braganza in AD 1662.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1625
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52 mm
Width: 27 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 9.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st December 2016 - Friday 30th December 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Pontefract

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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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Audit data

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

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