SOM-B5B1EB: Post Medieval spoon

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SPOON

Unique ID: SOM-B5B1EB

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An incomplete cast lead-tin alloy (pewter) spoon dating to the mid-17th century. The fragment comprises part of the bowl and the beginning of the stem, the rest has been lost along with the knop. The bowl is a round or large oval form with a semi-circular top at the junction with the stem, Homer (1975:46) type ' c' or 'd'. The edge of the bowl is damaged with old breaks around the sides and the front and back surfaces are worn and pitted. Only a small section of the stem remains, it is flat and rectangular in cross section and ends in an old break. On the back of the spoon, there is a moulded triangular section extending from the handle a short way, the peg which strenghens the junction of bowl and handle. This peg tended to become longer after the restoration suggesting this piece is pre-1675. The peg is decorated with a raised hammer or T, presumably a makers mark. There are also two makers mark on the front of the bowl, near the handle. The details of these are unclear, one possibly includes a lozenge, the other a rose. The spoon now measures 65.9mm long, 43.8mm wide and 5.8mm thick at the peg. It weighs 24.78g.

The combination of the flat stem, almost circular bowl and short peg suggests a mid-17th century date c.1640-1680.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1640
Date to: Exactly AD 1680

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 19828

Materials and construction

Primary material: Tin or tin alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Combe St. Nicholas CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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