SOM-D531A6: Medieval quatrefoil book mount

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Unique ID: SOM-D531A6

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A medieval quatrefoil cast copper alloy book mount . The book fitting has a central circular conical boss with a flattened top and stepped lower part of two steps which sits on a square base. The back of the base is hollow in the centre under the boss. From the base projects four arms, one from the centre of each side. The short arms have a fleur-de-lis terminals each with a circular rivet hole in the centre. The entire piece is 44.2mm by 44.7mm and 7.7mm thick; it weighs 19.76g.

The book fitting is of Howsam's (2016, pg. 92) type B.1.2. and is similar to her example shown in figure 2-39 no.189. She gives a date circa to late-fourteenth to mid sixteenth century. A mount similar in form can also be found illustrated in Read (2001, 16; ref. 115) dating to the 14th century. Many similar mounts can also be seen on this database at WAW-3649D6, SF-B41B47, DENO-42532D, SOM-B81C47 and SUSS-765001. It is possible this mount was associated with Sherborne Abbey.

Class: Mount
Sub class: Howsam type B.1.2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1350
Date to: Exactly AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.2 mm
Width: 44.7 mm
Thickness: 7.7 mm
Weight: 19.76 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2018 - Monday 7th January 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 017848

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: About one month ago
Updated: About one month ago

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