IOW-139A29: Post-Medieval Button

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Unique ID: IOW-139A29

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete post-Medieval copper-alloy three-piece button (c. 1600-c. 1700).

This hollow composite button is die-stamped and has a separate soldered drawn copper-alloy wire shank which is mostly missing due to breaks.

The front is very slightly domed (almost flat) and has an engraved four petalled flower head at the centre. Each petal is grooved and there is a ring-and-dot motif at the centre. There is a border of contiguous 'C'-shaped motifs. The back is domed and has the stubs of the shank at the centre. A blow hole close to the border is oval.

The front has a dark green patina and the back is reddish green.

Diameter: 13.0mm; height: 5.3mm. Weight: 1.96g.

Compare with published buttons (Read 2005: 85-89).

Read, B. 2005. Metal Buttons. c. 900 BC-c. AD 1700. Portcullis Publishing, Langport, Somerset.

Class: Composite three-piece

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 5.3 mm
Weight: 1.96 g
Diameter: 13 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 8th December 2017 - Friday 8th December 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2017-4-67

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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