WMID-395E12: A cast copper alloy oval buckle frame, dating to the 14th/ 15th century AD.

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Unique ID: WMID-395E12

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper alloy oval buckle frame with composite rigid plate frame (length: 67mm; width of oval buckle: 30.4mm; thickness: 6mm; weight: 10.88g). The oval frame has a small or point extended from the outer edge at the front. There is a slight indentation to one side of the upper face of the buckle where the complete cast copper alloy pin may have worn down the surface. Attached to the oval buckle, there is a rectangular platform with a gap and slight constriction to hold the pin. Just beyond the constriction, the pin has small slightly irregular wings to form a cross-shaped pin. The off-set forked spacers or bars taper off to a point at either side, to originally leave a gap for where the plate pins would have been (now missing with the plates to either side). The forked spacers/ bars at square-sectioned. There is no decoration on the artefact. Overall, the buckle is slightly worn, but in a fair condition with the patina particularly surviving on the oval buckle as a dark green colour.

Similar examples are illustrated in Egan & Pritchard’s ‘Dress Accessories: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London’, 1991, pages 78-82, ref nos 322-330. They all date to the 14th/ 15th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Post AD 1300
Date to: Ante AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 67 mm
Width: 30.4 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 10.88 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 10th January 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Identified by: Ms Caroline Johnson

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District)
To be known as: Waterhouses

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: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: Friday 4th February 2005
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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