DOR-3F6207: Medieval copper alloy pot leg.

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Unique ID: DOR-3F6207

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy pot leg dating to c.1400-1450. The object comprises a semi-cylindrical leg or foot with the curved vessel base at one end and a flat end on which the foot would have rested. Running down the outside of the leg are five moulded vertical ridges with deep grooves between them. Copper alloy vessels were used from the medieval period until the 19th century though cast iron pots became increasingly prevalent from the mid 17th century.
Reference: Egan 1998, p.164-165. A similar pot leg can be seen on the PAS database: DOR-A93421
Date: Medieval.
Dimensions: 60.9mm x 32.6 x 15.9mm
Weight: 106.90g

Notes:

Cast copper alloy vessels were widely used from c.1200-1800 for serving and cooking. Butler and Green (2003; 15) state 'there is evidence that (cast copper alloy) metal cooking vessels became increasingly common during the 13th and 14th centuries'. While certain specialist cast copper alloy vessels such as skillets remained in use later 'bronze cauldrons in general seem to have been superseded in the early years of the 18th century when their place was taken by cast-iron vessels which were cheaper to make and more durable to use.' (ibid: 22).

Class: Leg
Sub class: Cooking pot

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 60.9 mm
Width: 32.6 mm
Thickness: 15.9 mm
Weight: 106.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Lucy Bevan
Identified by: Mrs Lucy Bevan
Secondary identifier: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 017572

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: Purbeck (District)
Parish or ward: Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY8093
Four figure Latitude: 50.73626409
Four figure longitude: -2.2847769
1:25K map: SY8093
1:10K map: SY83NW
Grid reference source: From finder
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: DOR
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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