ESS-2ED677: Medieval purse bar fragment

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Unique ID: ESS-2ED677

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Incomplete cast copper-alloy purse bar fragment dating to the Medieval period, c. 1400 - 1500.

The item retains the side bars and central boss, though the looped pendant is missing. The side bars are cylindrical in profile and emerge from a 'V' shaped moulding connected to the central boss. One of the side bar terminals is broken, showing a partially hollow interior. The opposite side bar terminates in a circular knop.

Attached to the bottom of the side bars are two tabs with sewing holes drilled into their length. They both show the remains of three holes per tab.

The central boss is a cub shape with rounded edges, and there is a large drilled hole through the vertical plain, which would have held the pendant loop.

The surface of the purse bar is decorated with incised linear motifs. The side bars feature a double cross-hatch pattern, and the central boss shows a large 'V' on one face and a small cross-hatch section in the centre of the opposite face.

The 'V' shaped mouldings from which the side bars emerge are also decorated with incised lines.

Dimensions: weight: 59.99g, width: 131.1mm, height (including side bar tabs): 13.9mm, height of boss: 12.2mm, thickness: 14.9mm


For a similar example, see Read 2001: 124, no. 905 fig 84.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 13.9 mm
Width: 131.1 mm
Thickness: 14.9 mm
Weight: 59.99 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
Parish or ward: Framlingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM2865
Four figure Latitude: 52.23594787
Four figure longitude: 1.33770299
1:25K map: TM2865
1:10K map: TM26NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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

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