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DEV-4ED7E4: Post medieval cast lead alloy spoon handle

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Unique ID: DEV-4ED7E4

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A decorated Post medieval cast lead alloy spoon handle dating from the Mid 17th to 18th century..

Only the stem of the spoon survives. The stem is trapezoidal in plan, with edges that slightly diverge up the stem towards the terminal which narrows to a very rounded point. The stem is rectangular in cross section and narrows flattens slightly towards the terminal. The opposite side of the stem ends in an irregular but abraded break.

The handle has moulded decoration on one of its wide surfaces. This takes the form of a series of 6 pairs spirals extending from either side of a raised rib that tuns laterally down the centre of the handle. These spirals decrease in size as the handle narrows to its break. The reverse is plain.

The spoon is quite abraded and the sides are very chipped and show evidence of the sides cracking.

The spoon survives to 55.9mm long, and has a maximum width near the terminal of 15.8mm and a minimum width at the break of the stem of 9.6mm. It has a maximum thickness of 5.6mm and weighs 14.06 grams

Homer (1975, 43-44) suggests that spoon handles became flat with rounded ends from the middle of the 17th century onwards at which time they also developed similar decoration. Examples of handles with a floral moulded decoration aare illustrated by Homer (1975, 44-45) from this time and into the 18th Century. A particularly similar example of decoration is dated to the reign of William and Mary c.1688 (Homer, 1975, 45, example 2).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1640
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.9 mm
Width: 15.8 mm
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Weight: 14.06 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 15th December 2018 - Saturday 15th December 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018443

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Torridge (District)
To be known as: Broadwoodwidger CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Homer, R.F. 1975 Five Centuries of Base Metal Spoons London The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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