CORN-4C2D0C: purse bar

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Unique ID: CORN-4C2D0C

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Incomplete cast copper alloy purse bar, dating from the later Medievel period. One side-bar remains, the central boss and opposite side-bar having been broken off and lost. The bar has an expanded terminal which has been damaged at its tip; the upper edge of the terminal forms a step at the junction with the main element of the bar. The underside of the bar has an attachment flange with two sewing holes, originally for the attachment of the purse fabric. The surface of the side-bar is decorated with an engraved lattice-work pattern.

Dimensions: 58.5 mm long, 12 mm in height and 4.5 mm in thickness, weight 13.55 gm.

Read (2001) describes a complete purse-bar and another which is similarly broken on page 124, and illustrates them on page 130, nos.905-6, which are classified as Type A1 and dated from c.1450-1500.

Class: bar
Sub class: Williams Class A1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 58.5 mm
Height: 12 mm
Thickness: 4.5 mm
Weight: 13.55 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Saturday 22nd July 2017

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gloucestershire (County)
District: Tewkesbury (District)
Parish or ward: Tirley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8428
Four figure Latitude: 51.95025932
Four figure longitude: -2.2342084
1:25K map: SO8428
1:10K map: SO82NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found on a rally organised by Six Quid Rallies at Tirley, Gloucestershire
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Disturbed

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2001 Metal artefacts of antiquity: A catalogue of small finds from specific areas of the United Kingdom Langport Portcullis Publishing pp.124 & 130 nos.905-6

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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