SOM-83610D: Post Medieval buckle

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Unique ID: SOM-83610D

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Post medieval silver openwork buckle frame, probably a shoe buckle, dating to AD 1769 to 1793. The buckle frame is oval and distinctly arched with the short edges (top and bottom edges) convex curved. The buckle was in two pieces when found, about a quarter had become detached, and has been repaired with the solder visible on the back.

The front is decorated with a moulded design of four quatrefoils flanked by scrolling and openwork. One flower is in the centre of each side. The flowers are formed of rcles with a central stamped annulet creating a raised central dot and the remainder divided into four petals by incised lines, each petal decorated with a indented dot. The flowers on the longer outer sides are flanked by oval loops, each decoraetd with a seried of crurved raied lines with indents between. The loops are seperated form the top and bottom edges by incised line. the top and bottom sides of the frame are formed of two parallel bars of silver, one inside the curve of the other. The flowers are on the outer bar and flanked, along the outer edge by a stamped beaded design which runs all the way along the outer edge to meet the loops on the outer sides. The inner bars are fomed of scrolled lines coming in from each side linked by a short plain bar in the cnetre with also links to the inner edge of the flower.

The back is plain with thickenings on the outer bar top and bottom sides. These thickenings are pointed oval in plan and have a central piercing flanked by incised transverse lines. These piercings would have held a bar which would have run from top to bottom down the centre of the buckle and held the strap and pin. Lips on the inner side of these thickened areas suggest they were drilled from the outside. On the back face of each flower in the centre of the long outer side is a stamped mark. On one side the lion passant guardent and on the other CH in a rectangle. The buckle is 30.6 long, 38.7mm wide, 5.2mm thick at the thickenings for the bar, 1.7 mm on the long edges. It weighs 6.77g.

The lion passant indicates it is stirling silver (92.5%) but there is no date letter. The makers mark (CH) is that of Charles Houghan, a London buckle maker and silversmith in the late 18th century. His first mark was registered in 1769 and he registered marks specifically as a buckle maker in the 1770's. He was still making buckle in the 1780s and active until his death in 1793. Other buckles from the same maker published online also have just these two marks (for example One other item on this database, a spoon, is thought to have been made by him or his firm: SUR-966BE8.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1769
Date to: Exactly AD 1793

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.6 mm
Width: 38.7 mm
Thickness: 5.2 mm
Weight: 6.77 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 19839

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
To be known as: Stourton Caudle CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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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Created: 8 months ago
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