SOM-5AEF81: Post Medieval to Modern locking belt hanger

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Unique ID: SOM-5AEF81

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

Post Medieval - modern copper alloy locking belt hanger for keys or a purse. The hanger has a oblong 'lock' at the top from which a rectangular sectioned bar descends before curving forward to create a hook. At the end of the hook is a hinge and the remains of the closing bar. There is an elongated oval loop on the back of the 'lock' and bar through which the belt would have been threaded, the top projects slightly above the lock and is worn and thinned from use.

The front, base and back of the 'lock' are integrally cast with the bar and loop. The front has a rectangular slot theough which the end of the closing arm would have been pushed to meet the lock. The slightly convex sides were separate plates, one is complete, the other missing. It is likely the lock was simply a sprung mechanism and a small copper alloy pin head projects from the remaiing side. Where the side is missing some of the oval inner casing of the lock is visible but any springs or pins are missing.

The descending bar thins slightly towards the base. The hinge is formed of two oval loops at the top of the hooks, a rusted iron hinge bar and a third loop which sits between the other two. From the third loop projects the stub of the closing bar which is also rectangular in section.

The piece is undecorated and has a matt red surface with areas of green corrosion. It is 50.3mm long, 10.8mm wide, 23.7mm thick and weighs 12.08g.

This kind of spung mechanism locking loop for a belt is still in use today but the use of brass and the form suggests a later Post medieval or Modern date, c. AD 1700-1900. It may have been used by a warden or someone at an institution such as the local tile works or quarry or simply someone security concious to prevent their keys or purse being snatched while still being easily removable. While recent it has been recorded to allow more fragmentary examples to be identified.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 50.3 mm
Width: 10.8 mm
Thickness: 23.7 mm
Weight: 12.08 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2017 - Sunday 12th November 2017

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 19780

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Mid Devon (District)
To be known as: Burlescombe CP

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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