HESH-29C9D4: Post-medieval buckle frame

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Unique ID: HESH-29C9D4

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An incomplete copper-alloy buckle of post-medieval date (c. 17th century), having lost one of its loops. The remaining frame is sub-rectangular in both plan cross section. Fixed to the strap bar is a cast and folded sub rectangular pin.

On its outer edge the frame is decorated by a series of rounded cast projections at each corner and another forming the pin rest which is more trapezoidal. Both the pin rest and pin have indications of wear from use; this has created a depression on both the pin and the rest. The buckle is of a mid - dark green colour with an even polished patina that covers all surfaces. Some of this patina has been chipped away in the plough soil and the whole buckle is slightly asymmetrical due to abrasion. The pin is made of a different copper alloy to the frame and is a lighter green brown colour with a similar worn patina.

The frame measures 19.4mm length, 27.8mm width and is 2.1mm thick. The buckle weighs 3.16 g

The design shares similarities with PAS database entries IOW-800F74 and DENO-D3A931. Similar buckles have been published and dated c. 1620-c. 1680 (Whitehead 1996, 84, nos 523 and 524).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1620
Date to: Circa AD 1680

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.4 mm
Width: 27.8 mm
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 3.16 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 12th December 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill
Secondary identifier: Mr Robert Webley

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Holme Lacy (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO5635
Four figure Latitude: 52.01167445
Four figure longitude: -2.64248924
1:25K map: SO5635
1:10K map: SO53NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

  • Whitehead, R., 2003 Buckles 1250-1800 Chelmsford: Greenlight Publishing 84 , 523, 524

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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