IOW-5BEE22: Medieval Harness Pendant (set)

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Unique ID: IOW-5BEE22

Object type certainty: Certain
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An almost complete and damaged Medieval copper-alloy harness mount and pendant (c. 1175-c. 1300).

A small piece of the pendant is missing.

The mount is sub-rectangular in plan with a semi-circular end and a slot down the centre, bent back through 180° to form a fold at the base. The fold holds a copper-alloy rod or axis bar from which the pendant is suspended. The mount is now bent but was probably slightly convex at the front and slightly concave at the rear. At the rear, close to the top of the mount, there is an integral tapering spike or rivet with a sharp point. This spike is circular in cross-section and close to the plate the diameter is 2.7mm. The plain pendant is sub-oval in plan, convex at the front and concave at the rear. A long arm tapers towards the suspension loop. The hole itself has some wear. Between the sub-oval plate and the tapering arm there is a deep transverse groove.

This harness set is purplish and has no patina. There are some buff deposits. It may have been gilded. However, none has survived.

Mount: length: 18.8mm; width: 10.0mm; thickness: 2.5mm; thickness including spike: 9.4mm.

Pendant: length: 29.0mm; width: 10.7mm; thickness: 2.7mm.

Overall length: 43.6mm. Overall weight: 3.09g.

Compare with similar harness pendant sets: BERK-46E9AC; SF8653; SUR-7F4CE3; SUSS-DEE5C4; SWYOR-1C3BC3 and SWYOR-805DC6.

Sub class: set

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1175
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.6 mm
Width: 10.7 mm
Thickness: 9.4 mm
Weight: 3.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th February 2018 - Sunday 11th February 2018

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: IOW2018-1-66

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 5 days ago

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