WILT-00806D: Medieval Sword Hanger

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Unique ID: WILT-00806D

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A post medieval copper alloy double loop oval buckle or sword belt hanger dating to c AD 1500-1630. This is a specialised type of spectacle buckle which was used to suspend a sword belt via a separate hooked fastener on the end of the strap. The sword belt hanger has a circular lateral suspension loop perpendicular to the frame. The frame comprises a double loop with a central bar. The loops have angled outer edges which creates a point half way along sides of the frame and at the top and bottom shoulders of the frame so that the top and bottom edges are both straight (apart from the suspension loop). The buckle is mid green and there is evidence of a dark brown patina on the surface suggesting it may have been black coated. The back of the sword belt hanger is undecorated and the frame edges are angles in towards the centre of the frame. Cf Whitehead, R, 2003, Buckles 1250-1800, Greenlight Publishing,Witham, p72, no 450.

Class: Sword belt hanger

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1630

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.93 mm
Height: 10.73 mm
Width: 32.43 mm
Weight: 6.15 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Alyson Tanner
Identified by: Mrs Alyson Tanner

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5136

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Black coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Chippenham Without

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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