SOM-3F233A: Post-medieval gilded copper alloy pin head

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Unique ID: SOM-3F233A

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete post-medieval copper-alloy and gilded dress-pin with filigree and granulated ornament dating to AD1500 - 1600. The pin shaft is missing.

The head is hollow and spherical, 13.6 mm in diameter. It is made up of two hemispheres joined at a transverse seam masked by a double-stranded band of applied twisted wire. Both hemispheres are decorated with three applied circles of twisted wire, containing a central pellet surrounded by three further, equally spaced, circles. There is an applied pellet between each larger circle, with a small applied cirle of wire in each spandrel. There is an applied pellet at the apex of the pin head, with a truncated stub of the lost pin projecting from the opposite side. There are traces of gilding visible on the surface. The height of the pin head is 14.5mm and it weighs 1.63g.

Similar pins made of silver gilt are relatively commonly reported through the treasure process, see SOM-66CE77 and SOM-CD8CD7, amongst others, however gilt copper alloy examples are also known, e.g. SOM-48704D.

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 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 14.5 mm
Weight: 1.63 g
Diameter: 13.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2018 - Monday 9th April 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 019933

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Urchfont (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0556
Four figure Latitude: 51.30310049
Four figure longitude: -1.92966281
1:25K map: SU0556
1:10K map: SU05NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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