CORN-992FDA: pendent loop (plan)

Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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Unique ID: CORN-992FDA

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast copper alloy pendent loop, hexagonal in plan and in section and lozenge-shaped in profile with an internal aperture that is circular and 17 mm in diameter. Part of the surface of the outer edge are missing, partly due to the crudeness of manufacture and partly because of later corrosion; consequently, the diameter varies between 24 for the rounded edges and 26 mm for the squared off sides, and the thickness between 3.4 and 3.7 mm. There are patches of what appears to be black lacquer on the surface, which may have been applied to protect the ring from abrasion and corrosion.

Bailey (2000) discusses rings of this type on page 54, concluding that they were used mainly as belt fitments, secured to the waist by leather thongs or metal strips, so that the owner could suspend objects from them. They were in widespread use at least between the 13th and 15th centuries. He illustrates various examples on p.55, figs.1-3 although these are more plain, circular rings.

Egan & Pritchard (2002) illustrate bar mounts with similar pendent loops from the Museum of London's collection on page 221, fig.138, no.88.461/2.

The pendent loop can also be compared with no.1239 excavated from Meols illustrated still suspended from a bar mount and dated from the late 13th century to the early 15th century (Egan in Griffiths et al. 2007, pp.124 & 126, pl. 21).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 4.45 g
Diameter: 26 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 16th June 2018 - Saturday 16th 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
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Black coated

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW7228
Four figure Latitude: 50.10821657
Four figure longitude: -5.1900822
1:25K map: SW7228
1:10K map: SW78NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Created: 20 days ago
Updated: 15 days ago

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