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Unique ID: SF-A3AA7C

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A complete cast copper-alloy purse hanger dating to the Medieval period, c. 1250-1400. The object comprises of three arches, the central arch being the largest. Each side of the outer arches, thinned terminals with circular knops extend-from which the hanger would originally have been suspended from a belt by means of separate loops or riveted fittings. Preserved in good condition with an even green patina, it measures 52.48mm in length, 3.49mm wide at the central bar by 2.58mm thick, and weighs 3.09g.

Purse hangers were designed to swing freely from a bar mount on a girdle, when not used to attach purses to belts such objects were often used to suspend knives. A close parallel can be found illustrated in Egan and Pritchard (1991, 223; ref. 1198) dating to the second half of the 14th century. A similar example has been recorded on the PAS database, see IOW-1A1B07.

Class: hanger

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.48 mm
Width: 3.49 mm
Thickness: 2.58 mm
Weight: 3.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 13th August 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Bedfield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 2 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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