PUBLIC-D0CF1F: Medieval copper alloy book fitting

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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: PUBLIC-D0CF1F

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An incomplete copper-alloy book clasp of medieval date, c.AD 1350 - 1450. The object is part of a two-piece book clasp with hinged plate and loop. The plate has been lost though the hinge loop remains.

The main plate is sub-D-shaped with moulded linear decoration stamped with irregularly spaced annulets to the upper surface. A central circular perforation is also present. A moulded stylised zoomorphic terminal extends from the rounded edge of the main plate, at right angles to the plate itself. The forward facing terminal has a prominent mouth, nose, brow and ears, and a circular perforation runs transversely through the the beast as an 'eye'?. Two integral loops extend from either corner to the opposite side of the main plate. The reverse of the object is flat and undecorated.

The metal has a dark green patina and is in fair condition. The object is 34mm long, 20mm wide, 4mm thick 7mm high and weighs 10.7g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34 mm
Height: 7 mm
Width: 20 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 10.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Anne Atkinson
Identified by: Mrs Anne Atkinson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Stamped

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: Boston (District)
To be known as: Freiston Area

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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: About one month ago

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