WMID-776BA1: Medieval copper-alloy composite strap end (front, profile, reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-776BA1

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An almost complete copper-alloy composite strap end of Medieval date, circa AD 1300-1500.

The object is broadly tongue shaped with a broader upper edge that narrows to a rounded knop terminal. The object comprises of a strap end that has a sheet spacer occupying its whole width. The plates have riveted together. There is a separate central circular copper-alloy rivet with a flattened round head at the attachment end which has been placed off centre.

The upper part of the strap end is an inverted triangle. This narrows to a rounded knop. Above which at the neck there is a curved cut-out on both sides. This forms two semi-circular shapes either side. There is a small amount of decoration located at the broader attachment end. This consists of two parallel incised bands around the circumference. The upper edge is decorated with a series of small repeating incised diagonal notches. There is some damage to one of the long edges of the object. It has a brown coloured smooth patina across all surfaces.

This strap end measures 60.52 mm in length, 16.24 mm in width, 4.16 mm in thickness and weighs 15.2 grams.

Egan and Pritchard (1991) illustrate similar composite strap ends and illustrate No. 100 that is dating to AD 1350-1400.

Egan, G. and Pritchard, F., (1991) Dress Accessories, c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) London, Stationery Office Books.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 60.52 mm
Width: 16.24 mm
Thickness: 4.16 mm
Weight: 15.2 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Miss Victoria Allnatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Shipston (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2744
Four figure Latitude: 52.09369021
Four figure longitude: -1.60730528
1:25K map: SP2744
1:10K map: SP24SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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