NMS-004813: Post Medieval nutcrackers

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Unique ID: NMS-004813

Object type certainty: Certain
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Post-medieval copper alloy nutcracker of exceptional form, a miniature tripod vessel with a screw-threaded shaft which turns within a hole through the side and ends in an openwork handle. The vessel side thickens externally into a collar around the hole. The rim is everted and the sagging base extends below the ends of the feet, which are complete, tiny and vestigial with a triangular footprint. Vessel height 24mm. Diameter 25.5mm (internal diameter, i.e. maximum width of nut 19mm). Length of handle and shaft 48mm, of shaft/thread only 23mm. Diameter of thread 9.2mm. 6.5 turns of the screw are required to transverse the diameter. Weight 50g. The best parallels are signet rings that may have doubled up as nutcrackers and perhaps pipe tampers (PUBLIC-6FF674, SWYOR-142317, LANCUM-C8E757). 17th - 18th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 48 mm
Height: 24 mm
Weight: 50 g
Diameter: 25.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 18th February 2017 - Sunday 23rd July 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Rogerson
Identified by: Dr Andrew Rogerson

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 58401
Other reference: RC072017

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Gayton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF7417
Four figure Latitude: 52.72266172
Four figure longitude: 0.57498209
1:25K map: TF7417
1:10K map: TF71NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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