SOM-2C5AC7: Post medieval bell

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BELL

Unique ID: SOM-2C5AC7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper-alloy spherical crotal bell of post-medieval date. The bell comprises two hemispherical domes with a raised circumferential join. The upper hemisphere has two circular sound holes, one larger than the other, with a rectangular loop projecting from the top between them. The loop is formed of an angular bar of rectangular cross-section and is 11.02mm high, 16.01mm wide and 3.91mm thick. The curve of the bell continues under the loop aperture. The lower hemisphere, has a long, wide sound slit with circular holes at the ends. This is set at right angles to the holes in the upper hemisphere. The bell contains an iron pea.

The upper hemisphere is worn, with no trace of decoration. The lower hemisphere is decorated with indented lines radiating out from the central area in a sunburst or petal design with lines flanking the sound slit and semi-circles in on each slide of the slit, in the centre. The semi-circles contain, on one side, a maker's mark in the form of a founders hammer and initials, possibly W G, on the other.

The bell measures 30.96mm in diameter, 39.68 in overall height and weighs 33.29mm.

The curve of the bell continues under the loop aperture suggesting it was made using a detachable 'sprue-piece'; this method was introduced in the 17th century. The founders hammer was probably used as a mark by several manufacturers and over a long period. W G is a known maker who has yet to be identified.

Inscription: W.G.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 39.68 mm
Weight: 33.29 g
Diameter: 30.96 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 16th September 2018 - Sunday 16th September 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sheila Hicks
Identified by: Ms Sheila Hicks

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 017944

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
To be known as: Piddletrenthide

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one month ago
Updated: 28 days ago

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