NARC-94C564: NARC-94C564 : Purse Bar : Medieval

Rights Holder: Eleanore Cox
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Unique ID: NARC-94C564

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An incomplete copper-alloy Purse Bar of Medieval date (AD 1450-1550). Ward Perkins Type A1 or A2. The object is composed of a single arm which terminates in and old abraded break. The arm is circular in section. The central block is square and has a vertical hole to accommodate the shank of the now missing suspension loop. This hole would enable the suspension loop of the purse to rotate. The central box is decorated on each face with a nielloed pattern. One face has four double diagonal lines, the other has four double diagonal lines running in opposition to four more double lines. This forms a group of lozenge cells.

The metal has a greenish brown predominantly smooth patina.

Length: 42.71mm, Width: 14.8mm, Thickness: 2.22mm, Weight: 18.9g.

Class: Ward Perkins Type A1 or A2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 42.71 mm
Width: 14.81 mm
Thickness: 2.22 mm
Weight: 18.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Ellie Cox
Identified by: Miss Ellie Cox

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Linear
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: South Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Tiffield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7152
Four figure Latitude: 52.16171571
Four figure longitude: -0.96346539
1:25K map: SP7152
1:10K map: SP75SW
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 8 days ago
Updated: 8 days ago

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