CORN-47F752: heart-shaped brooch

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Unique ID: CORN-47F752

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast copper alloy heart-shaped ring brooch with plain robust frame, flat in section. The pin is in a vertical position, running from the centre of the heart to its point. The pin is 22 mm long and tapers to a point from a flat rectangular hinge which rests flush with the brooch.
There are examples of heart-shaped brooches illustrated in Bailey (1992), p.51, Fig. 43 and Fig. 44, which he dates from the 13th to the 15th century, and other plain brooches like this one, with robust frames, in various forms, have come from medieval contexts, which date them to the late 13th and early 14th centuries (Geoff Egan pers.comm.).
13th-15th century

Class: ring

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: returned to finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26 mm
Width: 22.4 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 5.56 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st February 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Secondary identifier: Mr Geoff Egan

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW5841
Four figure Latitude: 50.219387
Four figure longitude: -5.393793
1:25K map: SW5841
1:10K map: SW51SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: returned to finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

  • Bailey, G., 1995 Detector Finds Chelmsford: Greenlight Publishing 51, Fig. 43 & Fig. 44 ,

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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