BH-A29767: Medieval or Post Medieval badge or mount (possibly)

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Unique ID: BH-A29767

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An incomplete cast lead or lead-alloy badge or mount, possibly dating to the late Medieval to Post Medieval period. The uniface object is in the form of a horse and rider but is broken. The surviving part of the horse depicts its lower body, hind and upper leg. The horse is very worn but appears to have moulded decoration that may represent livery. The rider sat upright on the back of the horse is rather crudely depicted. Only the upper torso, lower body and upper legs survive. One hand, or part of the arm, appears to be placed on or by the hip. It is not clear what the rider is wearing but the garment is undecorated. The rider's neck is broken and the figure's head is missing. Attached to the reverse of the horse's hind is a thin circular-sectioned attachment pin which is bent and broken at the opposite end. The object measures 29mm in length, 27mm in width and 5mm in thickness. It weighs 11.30 grams.

The object is broadly similar in design to the pilgrim souvenir badges of horse and riders of various depictions (St. George on horseback slaying a dragon, Thomas Becket returning from exile on horseback, Henry VI on horseback holding a sword) but is generally much cruder in design and execution. It may alternatively be a secular badge which were more popular in the 14th and 15th centuries, one example of which, from Solihull, is recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database (WAW-E05F80).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29 mm
Width: 27 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 11.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2017 - Saturday 31st March 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Matthew Fittock
Identified by: Mr Matthew Fittock

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: Dacorum (District)
Parish or ward: Grovehill (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL0509
Four figure Latitude: 51.76983853
Four figure longitude: -0.47971139
1:25K map: TL0509
1:10K map: TL00NE
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: BH
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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