SOM-55B0D4: Post Medieval mount

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Unique ID: SOM-55B0D4

Object type certainty: Probably
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A Post Medieval copper-alloy strap fitting, mount or dress-fastener dating to the 17th century. The copper alloy strap mount is asymmetrical in plan decorated with a Green Man (a face amongst leaves), a trefoil knop at the upper end and an intergral rounded loop at the lower end (orientated with the face upright). The main section is moulded and convex on the front and concave on the rear. The face is heavily moulded with clear lips, nose and eyes. Foliate tendrils seem to start on the cheek and curve up the sides of the lower part of the face. The upper part is flanked by leaves or tendrils starting at the trefoil knop and running over the forehead.

The strap mount has two integral attachment spikes on the back which are bent towards each other down onto the back of the mount. The spikes are formed of flat rectangular strips with blunt ends. The upper spike starts on the back level with the base of the lowest trefoil leaf and extends downwards to c2mm of the base of the lower spike; the lower spike starts adjacent to the loop and bends up over the top of the upper spike, such that the two spikes overlap by c8mm.

The surface of the mount has developed a mid to dark-green patina but extensive gilding remains on the front and back.

Read (2008: 233) illustrates figurative strap-hooks which he dates to the 17th century, those shown (830 & 831) have full figures rather than just faces and have blunt hooks projecting from the upper end (opposite the loop) rather than two attachement spikes as on this example. The nearest equivalent mounts found are in Read (2001: 28), nos. 285-309, though none is a close match. He dates these to the 17thcentury and classifies them as asymmetrical, mostly flat mounts.

The mount measures 27.0mm in length, 13.1mm in width, 7.7mm in thickness including the lugs and weighs 3.78g.

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Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27 mm
Width: 13.1 mm
Thickness: 7.7 mm
Weight: 3.78 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 017680

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
Parish or ward: Dinnington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3912
Four figure Latitude: 50.90423506
Four figure longitude: -2.86888995
1:25K map: ST3912
1:10K map: ST31SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2001 Metal artefacts of antiquity: A catalogue of small finds from specific areas of the United Kingdom Langport Portcullis Publishing 28 285-309
Read, B. 2008 Hooked-Clasps and Eyes Langport Portcullis Publishing

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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