LVPL-468667: Post medieval belt fitting

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: LVPL-468667

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An incomplete copper alloy S-shaped 'snake belt' fastener, dating to the Post-Medieval period, (c. AD 1575 -c.1800). This fastener is in the form of a curved snake forming two hooks. The fastener is decorated on one face with an animal head terminal at one end and with worn moulded scale-like decoration. The snake has raised and rounded pellets representing the eyes. The object expands in width from the head before narrowing as it curves into the tail where it terminates. Within the curve of the 'neck' is a large lump of corroded metal which was probably once an attachment loop/ring. The object has a mid-brown patina with light green corrosion in places and is worn.


Dimensions: 43mm in length, 18mm in width, 4mm thick, 14.6g.


S-shaped 'snake belt' fasteners were probably associated with sword belts in the 17th and 18th centuries and parallels can be seen in Read's (2008) Hooked-clasps & Eyes: p230-231. The examples with swan heads are widely considered to be late 16th to 17th century (Geake 2001: 35). Fasteners with snake heads continue in use on military and boys belts well into the 20th century.


Other examples of similar fittings recorded on the PAS database are WREX-8A3513 HESH-17CF09 and LVPL-163EEA.

Class: Snake

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43 mm
Width: 18 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 14.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2018 - Tuesday 24th April 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Woore

Spatial coordinates


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

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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