LEIC-BDA53D: Late Medieval copper alloy purse bar

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Unique ID: LEIC-BDA53D

Object type certainty: Possibly
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Late Medieval copper alloy purse bar fragment, 67mm in length, 9mm wide and 5mm thick with a weight of 16.83g.

The object is rectangular in form and sub rectangular in cross section and represents about one half of a complete bar. Its complete end has a stepped rounded terminal 7mm in diameter and 7-8mm wide. From here the bar is flatter and bows slightly outwards in the centre. It has two semi-circular flat projections on its underside, 5mm wide, which have circular holes for sewing on the purse body. The object has broken at the opposite end.

The bar is inscribed on both faces and inlaid with niello. The inscription on one side reads CORAM TEF and the other side is difficult to read due to wear. Coram means 'Before' in Latin.

The bar fits Class A2. Similar examples include LANCUM-996F8D, KENT-1DF1BA, and BERK-C3DBF9.

Class: bar
Sub class: Williams Class A2
Inscription: CORAM TEF

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 67 mm
Width: 14 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 16.83 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Joyce Lee
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Rutland (Unitary Authority)
District: Rutland (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Whitwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK9108
Four figure Latitude: 52.66209202
Four figure longitude: -0.65594873
1:25K map: SK9108
1:10K map: SK90NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 3 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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