SOM-4012DA: Post Medieval lead/tin alloy composite button

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Unique ID: SOM-4012DA

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A Post-Medieval composite lead alloy button with embedded iron wire shank, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1750. The button is discoidal, with a shallow convex front and flat reverse, with much of the original edge now abraded away. The front is decorated with a simple rose motif moulded in relief. A casting seem survives on the reverse, with the vestigial remains of a seperate iron shank embedded into the surface in line with this seam.

Dimensions: Diameter 15.9mm; thickness 6.0mm; weight 3.07g.

Comparable buttons can be seen published by Read, B., 2005. Metal Buttons c. 900 BC - c. AD 1700., dating to the 17th and early 18th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 3.07 g
Diameter: 15.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2016 - Thursday 6th April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 017350

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
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: SOM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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