HESH-67EAE1: Early Medieval: Strap End

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STRAP END

Unique ID: HESH-67EAE1

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy probable 'Winchester style' strap end (Thomas Class E) of later Early Medieval (10th - 11th century) date. The strap end is incomplete and the upper part (which would have fitted to the strap) is lost. The damage appears to be old as the breaks are either corroded or patinated. Originally the strap end would have been rectangular (tongue shaped) with a rounded base and riveted attachment plate; what remains is the decorated body of the plate. The body is pierced with a high relief chip carved debased vine or vegetal scroll formed by a S shaped central fine from which curled tendrils emerge. The design is very deeply cut and a raised border contains it which mirrors / respects the external edge / shape. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The fragment is a mid-greenish brown colour with a well preserved but abraded surface patina. Similar strap ends have been classified by Gabor Thomas as his Class E, Type 1 (Thomas 2004, 2-3; Fig 4). Thomas securely dates these through excavated contexts and stylistic parallels in manuscripts to the 10th or 11th century AD (850 - 1100). Due to the exceptionally thick nature of this piece images were sent to Dr Thomas for his attention. He replied:

... this piece is almost definitely an early medieval tongue-shaped strap-end (Thomas Class E). I'm also happy with your characterisation of the design as being based on vine-scroll, but it is very crude and garbled. I doubt very much that it is a Carolingian import; on the crudeness of the design and execution I would say that it is far more likely to be a local product influenced by the contemporary style. Similar strap-ends are known from SE Wales.

The strap end fragment measures 39.5mm long, 16.8 mm wide, 4.3mm thick across the body; it weighs 11.41 grams.

Thanks are extended to Dr Thomas for his opinion and time

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Thomas Class E

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.5 mm
Width: 16.8 mm
Thickness: 4.3 mm
Weight: 11.41 g

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill
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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E. 00964

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Telford and Wrekin (Unitary Authority)
District: Telford and Wrekin (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Rodington

Spatial coordinates


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: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 12 days ago
Updated: 8 days ago

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