DUR-B23402: DUR-B23402

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Unique ID: DUR-B23402

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper alloy strap fitting or sword belt hangar, in the form of an asymmetrical double looped plate, dating to the post-medieval period, (c.AD 1500-1600).

The object is comprised of an irregular asymmetrical plate with two (of three) remaining integral basal loops. The left loop retains its circular suspension-eye, and appears broken at the base; the latter is missing from the central loop. The fitting has been broken to the right of the central rivet hole, thus the right loop, and right rivet hole, are missing. There is also evidence of damage to the fitting in the vicinity of the left rivet hole, resulting in the loss of the central part of the trefoil terminal. The fitting is decorated with foliate and floriate designs in relief. The reverse is undecorated.

The object is damaged (see above) and quite corroded; much of the surface design has been lost. None of the plates and hooks, that would have been attached to the suspension eyes, have survived. The suspension eye that has survived has become upwardly fixed to the main body of the plate by corrosion.

The fitting measures 40.44mm long, and with the loops is 26.87mm wide (the main body of the plate is thus up to 14.54mm wide). The plate is 2.25mm thick. The surviving loops have an external diameter of approximately 10.56mm, and are up to 3.75mm thick. The suspension-eye is 11.17mm wide, 23.56mm long and 3.2mm thick. The fitting weighs 11.7g.

The object appears to be very similar to a more complete example illustrated in Read (2008, 220: 793). Similar examples of such sword belt strap fittings can be seen on the database, including: BERK-651A59, SUR-3C9DB8, SOM-364E5B and LANCUM-6FFFCB

Read, B., 2008 Hooked-Clasps and Eyes Langport : Portcullis Publishing

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.44 mm
Width: 26.87 mm
Thickness: 2.25 mm
Weight: 11.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 26th June 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Benjamin Westwood
Identified by: Mr Benjamin Westwood

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
Parish or ward: Birdforth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4876
Four figure Latitude: 54.17754767
Four figure longitude: -1.26610926
1:25K map: SE4876
1:10K map: SE47NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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