WAW-86E32D: Medieval candleholder (reverse, profile and plan).

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Unique ID: WAW-86E32D

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval (late 12th to 14th centuries) candle holder fragment: The copper alloy stand is in the form of a cockerel, The cockerel has a long slender neck and a simplistic head. The neck expands in width and depth and is undecorated. The neck leads to the slender body which is angled a 45° behind the neck and is oval in section, broken, thereby revealing the cylindrical element of the body. Two legs protrude from the junction of the neck and body. These are slender, slightly bowed, sub-rectangular in section and the feet are sub-oval discs.

The surface of the candleholder has a mottled dark green/mid green patina. There are two patches of corrosion on the head.

It measures 80.71mm tall, 32.35mm wide across the body and weighs 61.58g.

This is a Medieval 'animalier' candleholder in the form of a cockerel. There are other examples of such candleholders in the form of a stag (Ward-Perkins, 1940, Plate XXXIX) dating to the 14th century and another in the form of a stag (Egan 1998, 147: No.425) which was found in contexts dating to c. 1270 and c. 1350. Other animal-form candleholders are recorded on the PAS database in the form of a dog (YORYM-395444), and other more vague birds/animals (SUSS-5E2F87; WAW-301351; HAMP-89E851, SUR-0CB5E9, and SF-74624E).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1275
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 80.71 mm
Width: 32.35 mm
Weight: 61.58 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th June 2018 - Sunday 24th June 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Solihull (Metropolitan District)
District: Solihull (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Barston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2178
Four figure Latitude: 52.39961554
Four figure longitude: -1.6927813
1:25K map: SP2178
1:10K map: SP27NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 10 days ago
Updated: 10 days ago

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