HESH-D19A4D: Early Medieval: Strap End

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Unique ID: HESH-D19A4D

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A cast copper-alloy 'Winchester style' strap end of later Early Medieval (10th - 11th century) date. The strap end is incomplete and the upper and lower faces are lost. The damage appears to be old as the breaks are either corroded or patinated. Originally the strap end would have been rectangular (tongue shaped) with a rounded base and riveted attachment plate. The stepped attachment plate is lost and broken across the rivet holes whilst the rounded terminal has lost its projecting point. A thickened transverse rib separates the rivets from the body of the strapend. The body of the strap end is pierced with a series of irregular oval (teardrop) shaped pierced perforations. These are well formed but irregular / asymmetrical. A series of curvinear lines and incised in the areas between the holes. The overall design was most likely to have been a debased vine or vegetal scroll. The fragment is a mid purplish brown colour with a well corroded and abraded surface patina. Similar strap ends have been classified by Thomas as his Class E, Type 1 (Thomas 2004, 2-3; Fig 4). Thomas securely dates these through excavated contexts and stylistic parallels in manuscripts to the 10th or 11th century AD (850 - 1100). A close PAS parallel can be seen from Blofield, Norfolk (NMS-C49558)

The strap end fragment measures 47.2 mm long, 18.0 mm wide, 4.3 mm thick (2.8mm across the body) and weighs 10.0 grams.

NMS-C49558 http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/496925

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Winchester

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 47.2 mm
Width: 18 mm
Thickness: 4.3 mm
Weight: 10 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E. 01553

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Floral
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Little Birch

Spatial coordinates

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

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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