Rights Holder: Surrey County Council
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: SUR-073AC0

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

Copper alloy rectangular object, 24.4mm by 21.8mm and 4.4mm thick with deeply incised decoration in the form of a stylised face, with ovate eyes, triangular nose and deeply incised lines representing a hairstyle. The decoration is incised suggesting the object has a function as a mould or die.

This is likely to be an early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) die stamp for making preßblech foils for small decorative items. These generally fall into two groups; early examples used for bracteates and button or saucer brooches (late 5th-early 6th century) and later stamps for preßblech foils decorating a broader array of objects and fittings in the 6th or 7th century AD.

Examples of brooches gilded with foils which could have produced from dies such as this include HAMP-F4CAD3.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.4 mm
Width: 21.8 mm
Thickness: 4.4 mm
Weight: 14.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st February 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Simon Maslin
Identified by: Dr Simon Maslin

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
Parish or ward: Gawcott with Lenborough (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP6932
Four figure Latitude: 51.98218494
Four figure longitude: -0.99673547
1:25K map: SP6932
1:10K map: SP63SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Undisturbed grassland

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: LEIC-D6218C
Object type: BRACTEATE
Early Medieval gold bracteate fragment, 19mm long, 13mm wide and 0.5mm thick with a weight of 0.74grams. The object is sub-rectangular in form…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: NMS-A13EDD
Object type: BRACTEATE
Early Saxon gold C-bracteate. The repoussé decoration depicts a highly stylised horse and over-large bearded male head in profile facing rig…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: NMS-8381A4
Object type: HOARD
Near Holt, Norfolk: Two Anglo-Saxon gold bracteates (2011T657) Date: Late 5th-6th century Discovery: The B-bracteate was found on 31st …
Workflow: QuarantineFind in quarantine

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 27 days ago
Updated: 8 days ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.