HESH-A84E71: Post Medieval: Strap Fitting

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: HESH-A84E71

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast copper alloy strap fitting of probable post-medieval date (1500-1700). The strap fitting is circular in plan and domed in profile. The front face is convex whilst the reverse is concave. The edges of the fitting are bevelled. The front face has been decorated with three concentric cast circles which are evenly spaced around a central circular boss. Small traces of an applied tinned finish are present on the front face of the fitting. The reverse face of the fitting is concave with two cast sub-rectangular projections (hooks) positioned on either edge of the fitting. These hooks would pass through the strap leather and hold the fitting in place. The strap fitting is mid purplish brown colour and has been slightly rolled in the ploughsoil. The abrasion has also resulted in making the strap fitting slightly asymmetrical and the two hooks being bent and broken. Similar examples of strap fittings can be seen in Brian Read's book 'Metal Artefacts of Antiquity' (pages 33-35 specifically figures 265-267).

The fitting measures 17.3mm length, 16.0mm width, is 5.9mm thick and weighs 1.80 grams.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Exactly AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.3 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 5.9 mm
Weight: 1.8 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: shawbury

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Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Created: 2 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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