LANCUM-F2870B: Lead button with figurative imagery

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Unique ID: LANCUM-F2870B

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast lead button of late medieval date (c. 1400 - 1500 AD). The button is large, flat and circular. The front face is very worn design in relief of the crowned facing bust of the Virgin Mary with floral sprays at either side of her head can just be made out. The back face has a central oval spur, representing the remains of the integral attachment loop. Also on the back is a ridge that runs centrally across the face and is a remnant from the casting process. The edges of the button are slightly chipped. The object is dark grey in colour. It is 25.65mm in diameter, 6.61mm at maximum thickness and weighs 10.38g.

A similar, if less detailed, example is depicted in Bailey, Buttons and Fasteners 500BC-AD1840, p. 19, fig. 6.11, which is dated to the fifteenth century. See also LANCUM-F26AC8, which is almost identical and found in close proximity to this one.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.61 mm
Weight: 10.38 g
Diameter: 25.65 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Lydia Prosser
Identified by: Miss Lydia Prosser

Other reference numbers

Other reference: N5164

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: Allerdale (District)
Parish or ward: Ireby and Uldale (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NY2338
Four figure Latitude: 54.73106037
Four figure longitude: -3.19724679
1:25K map: NY2338
1:10K map: NY23NW
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

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Audit data

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

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