HESH-2C3A67: Post-Medieval: 'Stuart' enamel buttons

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An incomplete Post-Medieval cast copper alloy button with enamel decoration and integral shank of the 'Stuart enamel' type dated c. AD 1600 - 1700. The button is broadly circular in plan with a convex front and a concave back; the reverse has an integral attachment loop which has been broken. In cross section it is D shaped. A geometric pattern on the front face is applied in the cloisonné style but is damaged. The design consists of a raised central boss from which extend six pentagonal cells filled with white glass / enamel, some of which has been lost. The exterior design / edge has been decorated with twelve rectangular cells extending from the corners of the pentagonal cells, filled with either green or yellow glass / enamel; the enamel is damaged and corroded so the colour may have altered. The reverse face is not visibly decorated. The metal of the button is heavily abraded and corroded; it is dark brown in colour with mid-green corrosion.

Other examples can be found on this database from County of Herefordshire (HESH-F9BBC9), East Lindsey, Lincolnshire (LIN-B1CB03) and North Yorkshire (SWYOR-576585). Read (2010, p. 55) also has several examples and has dated them to 17th century.

The button measures 22.89mm in diameter, is 7.83mm in depth including the shank and 1.91mm thick; it weighs 4.37grams.

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Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.91 mm
Weight: 4.37 g
Diameter: 22.89 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emily Freeman
Identified by: Miss Emily Freeman

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Ellesmere Rural (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ3333
Four figure Latitude: 52.89025918
Four figure longitude: -2.99726103
1:25K map: SJ3333
1:10K map: SJ33SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2005 Metal Buttons c. 900 BC - c. AD 1700 Langport Portcullis Publishing p. 55 192 - 195

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

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