KENT-A8E1E5: Medieval Iron Key 1300 - 1400

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Unique ID: KENT-A8E1E5

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An incomplete iron rotary key of Goodall Type 6b / Ward-Perkins type VI, dating between the 14th and 15th centuries.

Description: The key has an oblong, solid stem ending in line with the bit and projecting slightly into the oval, nearly kidney shaped bow, which is broken leaving a small gap. The bit extends downwards from the stem when viewed horizontally and features asymmetrical wards and three deep clefts; two on the left hand and one on the right hand side of the bit. The bit features very intricately-cut wards, leaving shallow clefts.

Measurements: 70.01mm Length, 27.4mm (width of key, including bow), Bit width - 22.19mm, bow diameter - 23.50mm and weight 13.37g.

Discussion: This key fits within a a typology described by both Ward-Perkins (1940) and Goodall (1990). Examples listed by Goodall in the drainage collection of Salisbury Museum featuring similar intricately-cut wards are No. 195 and No. 205. The dates described in both typologies are aligned and place this key within the 14th or 15th centuries.

Notes:

This object was too delicate to photograph in other positions.

Class: Rotary
Sub class: Goodall Type 6b/ Ward-Perkins Type VI

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 70.01 mm
Width: 27.44 mm
Weight: 13.37 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Andy Ward
Identified by: Mr Andy Ward

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Queenhithe (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
Discovery circumstances: Mudlarking Find

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 4 days ago
Updated: 3 days ago

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