IOW-4F031E: Post-Medieval Powder Measure

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POWDER MEASURE

Unique ID: IOW-4F031E

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete but slightly damaged post-Medieval lead alloy powder measure cap used for measuring a charge of gunpowder (c. 1600-c. 1700). Courtney 1988: 2, fig. 3.

The open end was probably oval in plan prior to being squashed slightly and the closed end is oval in plan.

It is sub-rectangular in side view and the rim is plain. It has two loops, one at each side at the closed end. There is no indication of casting seams. The closed end is flat and plain.

This measure is grey and the walls are dented.

Height: 18.5mm; width: 29.0mm; thickness: 19.9mm. Weight: 17.84g.

The loops enabled the cap to be attached separately to the bandolier (belt) of the wearer so that they could be removed without the possibility of being dropped and lost. The measure would have held enough powder for a complete charge for the weapon. A series of these measures were attached to the bandolier.

Courtney, P. 1988. Small Arms Accessories of the Mid-Seventeenth Century. Finds Research Group 700-1700.

Subsequent actions

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

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 18.5 mm
Width: 29 mm
Thickness: 19.9 mm
Weight: 17.84 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th December 2017 - Sunday 10th 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: IOW2018-1-15

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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