IOW-07520C: Medieval to Post-Medieval Purse Bar (Williams Class A1)

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Unique ID: IOW-07520C

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A fragment of a Medieval to post-Medieval copper-alloy purse bar (c. 1450-c. 1550). Williams 2018 Class A1.

This fragment comprises of one incomplete arm only. The arm, circular in cross-section, projects from the jaws of an incomplete zoomorphic moulding. Double-stranded niello-inlaid cross-hatched decoration survives on both sides as well as the top. The narrowed end of the bar with its knop for securing the bar to the frame is missing due to a break. An incomplete sub-rectangular attachment plate projecting from the arm is parallel to the length of the arm. The attachment arm has two perforations which are incomplete.

This purse bar is worn and reddish brown with traces of a green patina.

Length: 62.5mm; width: 11.0mm; thickness: 6.7mm. Weight: 16.87g.

Purse bars with niello inlaid decoration and zoomorphic mouldings at the bases of arms are classified by Ward-Perkins (1940: 164, fig. 50) as Type A1.

Ward Perkins, J.B., 1940 The London Museum Medieval Catalogue London: HMSO.

Williams, D., 2018 Copper-alloy Purse Components: A new classification using finds from England and Wales recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme London: Finds Research Group

Class: Bar
Sub class: Williams Class A1

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 62.5 mm
Width: 11 mm
Thickness: 6.9 mm
Weight: 16.87 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th May 2018 - Sunday 6th May 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: IOW2018-1-145

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

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
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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