WAW-5F0F6D: Medieval strap fitting: swivel (plan and reverse).

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: WAW-5F0F6D

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval (1100-1500) probable fragment of a swivel strap fitting or junction: The copper alloy object is a swivel fitting to which two straps were are connected. The fragment is an incomplete frame which has a thickened edge which has a perforation through it. Through the perforation there is an iron shaft which is corroded. The arms of the frame are incomplete and broken, but not recently.

The surface of the copper alloy frame is abraded and the iron is slightly corroded.

The swivel fitting weighs 5.5g and measures 22.43mm long, 19.94mm wide and 9.83mm thick.

Such swivels were used on a range of strap fittings including animal leashes, hanging purses and sword belt fittings and were probably in use for the entire Medieval period. Several similar fittings can be found on the database such as WAW-CE9B60, WAW-64CD53, NMS-8B44F7, HAMP-4B0513, HAMP-8B1C1C and a complete example HAMP-B2D455. Mills illustrates a similar type of strap fitting (No. M25) and dates it to the 11th to 12th century. Egan and Pritchard (2002) illustrate similar 'D' shaped components, Nos. 1231-1232, but none of which are joined in pairs. These are dated to the late 13th to early 14th centuries.

Egan, G. and Pritchard, F., 2002 Dress Accessories, c. 1150- c. 1450 (Medieval finds from Excavations in London) London: Boydell Press

Mills, N. 1999 Medieval Artefacts Colchester: Greenlight Publishing

Class: Swivel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.43 mm
Width: 19.94 mm
Thickness: 9.83 mm
Weight: 5.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st August 2018 - Monday 5th November 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
Parish or ward: Shrawley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8165
Four figure Latitude: 52.28280941
Four figure longitude: -2.27993574
1:25K map: SO8165
1:10K map: SO86NW
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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 28 days ago
Updated: 27 days ago

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