LANCUM-2F4308: Swivel fitting / strap fitting

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: LANCUM-2F4308

Object type certainty: Certain
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One half of a medieval cast copper alloy two-piece swivel fitting dating from c. AD1100-c. 1500.

This is one half of the swivel: overall, it consists of a ring- or flat D-shaped frame with sub-triangular sides which gradually expand towards each end, where they terminate in a pair of zoomorphic beasts heads flanking a central flat ring which is set perpendicular to the main ring. The muzzles of the beasts are long with the upper jaw running from the brow ridge to the lip and their mouths open, probably clasping the central block. The design is not as well executed as on comparative swivels. The central ring is flat and inside are the remains of the either a seperate rivet or else, the short shank that formed the terminal of the opposing swivel half which would have looked like, e.g. IOW-E258EB.

Complete swivels have been recorded on The Portable Antiquities Scheme database. For example, see finds: DENO-D14C32; DUR-6AEB8E; KENT-5F17C8; KENT-EEAFD0; NMS-482FF1; SF-CA5816; SF-FC3290; SUR-7E4B74; SUSS-580847 and YORYM-E84B74.

Helen Geake (2001: 72) believes that swivels of this form were probably in use throughout most of the medieval period.

Swivels are likely to have had a number of related uses: for example, on the leashes of hunting dogs or lapdogs, with the smaller examples perhaps being used on straps for raptors when hawking (Ashley 2006: 105).

Geake, H. 2001. Finds Recording Guide. Unpublished.

Ashley, S. 2006. Recent finds of Anglo-Norman 'High Status' Objects from Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology.

Class: Swivel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1066
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 30 mm
Width: 28 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 10.21 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st February 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Lancaster (District)
To be known as: Carnforth

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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: LANCUM
Created: About one month ago
Updated: About one month ago

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