SOM-273CC9: Post Medieval mount

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Unique ID: SOM-273CC9

Object type certainty: Probably
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Post medieval gilded copper alloy mount of probably later 16th or 17th century date. The mount has a rectangular plate with integral openwork projections to each long side and integral attachment spikes on the back. The front is decorated with an elaborated design of cast raised ropework lines and pellets. The design has opposing double spirals flanking a central circle with other smaller plain line spirals within the double ones and ropework curved lines flanking the central circle and forming a border around the whole. Multiple pellets adorn the design at the centre and corner of each element.
To each long side are attached a pair of integral oval openwork shapes, perhaps loose spirals, which also have a ropework effect on the front. One side is broken with old breaks but on the complete side the ovals ae linked at the side opposite the main plate by three large pellets in a triangle. There are smaller pellets inside the ovals near the outerside and in the central gap between the two ovals, adjacent to the plate. There are extensive traces of gilding on the front.
On the plain back are two integral circular sectioned spiked rivets bent to the right, one in the cnetre and one on the back of the three large pellets in the openwork section. It is likely there was a third spike on the missing section on the opposite side.
The piece is 27.5mm long, 41.5mm wide, 19.7mm wide excluding the openwork, 2.7mm thick, 6.7mm including the rivets and weighs 9.94g.
This mound appears to be part of a group with varying twisted wire designs and sometimes enamelling including both wider and narrower mounts. SWYOR-A7A9DB and BERK-F18542 are enamelled examples SF3960, SF7061, SOM-0790D6, BH-255588, ESS-E4EED5, NMS-379084, NMS-3150A4 and BH-4A5307 are not enamelled. The latter includes a reference to a published example that was thought to be Roman but the style, attachment method and style of the enamelled examples all points to a broadly 17th century date.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.5 mm
Width: 41.5 mm
Thickness: 6.7 mm
Weight: 9.94 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 17559

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Shepton Montague CP

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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