CORN-3F2A7F: dress pin (profile)

Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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DRESS PIN

Unique ID: CORN-3F2A7F

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Cast copper alloy dress pin with a hollow spherical head that has been cast around a clay core, still surviving within the head and visible through a hole on one side. The sphere has a pattern of intersecting crosses of pairs of parallel incised lines that terminate in a double square at the apex of the head, with four pairs of intersecting petals emanating from the square on the top of the upper hemisphere. This pattern of petals also emanates from the base of the lower hemisphere, around another square which surrounds where the shaft is attached. The shaft of the pin has a collar below the sphere, that is triangular in profile, followed by a polygonal moulding, that is diamond-shaped in profile, which is then bordered again below by a chamfered collar that is triangular in profile and square in section. The shaft then is plain below these mouldings and is circular in section and 5 m in diameter. The shaft is broken and now only 41 mm long and would have likely been at least twice as long, considering the weight of the head. The sphere is 20 mm in diameter and 19 mm in height so almost circular in profile. There are also punched pellets that follow some of the double median grooves, but some are within and some without, and there appears to also be some damage to the surface which could account for some of the craters. Dress pins with spherical heads are generally dated from the 16th to the 17th century.

See records YORYM-A3D827 and HAMP-1C8743 to see pins with similar decoration on the head which are dated from the Post-medieval period.

Egan (2005) illustrates a dress pin with similar mouldings and another with a spherical head on page 51, fig.35, nos.223-224, which are dated from c.1500-1550, and c.1615-1700 respectively.

Bailey (2004) illustrates similar patterns of decoration, with crosses, stars and pellets, on buttons on pages 35 & 38, figs.8.23-8.24 & 8.33, which are dated from the 17th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 60 mm
Width: 20 mm
Weight: 18.33 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 3rd June 2018 - Sunday 3rd June 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Ceramic
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Decoration style: Floral
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Grade-Ruan (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW7216
Four figure Latitude: 50.00045917
Four figure longitude: -5.18293823
1:25K map: SW7216
1:10K map: SW76SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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: CORN
Created: 9 days ago
Updated: 8 days ago

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