SF-A283D2: Mount

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Unique ID: SF-A283D2

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A probable copper-alloy mount in the form of a head, oval in shape measuring 31mm in length and 25mm in width. The metal of this mount is reddish brown in colour with patches of a black patination.

The front face is rounded, projecting and moulded to depict a bowl-like hair style with individual waves of hairs highlighted with grooves. The face is oval in shape with a small flat forehead and protruding eyebrows. The eyes are oval in shape and the nose bulbous. Below the nose there is a horizontal moulded mouth, the cheeks are chubby and the face has a double chin. It appears to be a somewhat cherubic male face.

The reverse of this mount is hollow and projecting from one terminal, behind the chin on the front face, there is a cylindrical shaped projection which is presumably the attachment device for this mount, it is not clear how this could have worked and it is likely to be incomplete due to old breaks but due to the metal patination it is difficult to tell.

No parallel could be found for this probable mount, however, due to the reddish colour of the metal it is perhaps most likely to be post medieval in date. What this mount would have been originally attached to is also unclear, it could have been a box or strap mount of some kind.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31 mm
Width: 25 mm
Weight: 13.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Faye Minter
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Thrandeston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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