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Unique ID: SF-F4785C

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy fragment of an early Post-Medieval spoon, dating c. 1550-1650. Only the base of the handle and the upper section of the bowl survive, with the rest of the object broken away in old damage. The bowl itself would probably have been originally fig shaped, while the handle is sub-oval in section, though the form of its terminal remains unknown due to breakage. A stamped maker's mark consisting a fleur de lys is visible on the upper edge of the bowl as it curves upwards and tapers towards its junction with the handle, which is typically associated with slip top, seal top and trifid top latten spoons (Ronald F Homer, 1975 Five Centuries of Base Metal Spoons, pp. 54 - 55) of the mid 16th to mid 17th centuries. Preserved in fair condition with an even green patina, it survives to a length of 39.59mm and 19.34mm wide at the widest surviving point of the bowl, while the handle measures 3.24mm thick at its truncated end. It weighs 4.94g.

Similar stamped marks can be seen on a number of other spoons recorded on the PAS database, namely DOR-7E01F7 and SUR-F88B69.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.59 mm
Width: 19.34 mm
Thickness: 3.24 mm
Weight: 4.93 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 13th April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
To be known as: Tarrant Crawford

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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