HESH-9D5406: Post Medieval: Furniture Fitting

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Unique ID: HESH-9D5406

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Cast copper alloy fitting, most probably a Post Medieval handle from a piece of furniture. Alternatively it could be an earlier drop handle from a later medieval casket or possibly a late Medieval robust buckle frame. The fragment is irregular in plan and form due to movement in the ploughsoil. If straightened it would be C or possibly lyre shaped with an area of expanded central decorated with four transverse circumferential mouldings, two larger mouldings flanking two smaller. A small irregular projection extends from one edge and the section of the handle changes being thickest and circular at the midpoint and squashed ovals near the exterior edges. Both the breaks are old and patinated. The metal is a mid-grey green colour with a well formed but pitted / corroded surface patina. The function of this object is uncertain and while its extended form can be paralleled on Late Medieval buckles (Egan and Pritchard, 1991, Pl 45, No. 311) its three dimensional form suggests that it was a drop handle which may be compared to an example from Colchester (Crummy, 1988, 41-42, No. 1989 also 1992) which were described as 'Post Medieval'. Likewise the small projection on one edge is similar to later medieval caskets similar to that from Cranfield, Beds (SUSS-42E514). It is possibly best paralleled against artefacts recovered from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire (FAKL-8CD4B0) and Great Gadderston, Herts (BH-AFDA10)

The handle measures: length 52.0mm, width 7.8mm and thickness 8.0mm at the midpoint; 4.6mm wide, 4.0mm thick at the break. The handle weighs 18.76 grams.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52 mm
Width: 7.8 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 18.76 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E.01570

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Powys (Unitary Authority)
District: Powys (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Old Radnor (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO2659
Four figure Latitude: 52.22421302
Four figure longitude: -3.08474679
1:25K map: SO2659
1:10K map: SO25NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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