DUR-17A248: DUR-17A248

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Unique ID: DUR-17A248

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A large, incomplete, cast copper-alloy shoe buckle frame, dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1750-1790).

The object is an openwork frame with angled corners decorated with a pattern of moulded bead and ribbon. The openwork pattern has four extended oval-shaped holes along the long sides of the frame with four small ovals in a square on the short sides. A piece, approximately 10.75mm is missing. A tiny amount of gilding can be seen beside the break. When complete, the frame would have formed a square-shaped area housing a strap bar. Fragmentary remains on two edges of the underside indicate that the frame housed a separate spindle. The rest of the underside is flat and plain. The buckle frame measures 70.81mm in length, 53.76mm in width, 2.34mm thick and weighs 16.2 grams.

The frame is possibly a Georgian shoe buckle of the 'Artois' style, examples of which can be seen in Whitehead (2003, 107 nos. 684-689). Whitehead (ibid,103) further states that " The introduction of the Artois style was accompanied by new designs such as twisted ribbons, faceted surfaces and a predominance of cut out perforations".

Whitehead, R., 2003. Buckles, 1250-1800. Greenlight Publishing, Witham.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 1750
Date to: Circa AD 1790

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 70.81 mm
Width: 53.76 mm
Thickness: 2.34 mm
Weight: 16.2 g

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Scargill (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ0510
Four figure Latitude: 54.48532136
Four figure longitude: -1.92433394
1:25K map: NZ0510
1:10K map: NZ01SE
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
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Whitehead, R. 2003 Buckles 1250-1800 Chelmsford Greenlight Publishing 101-107

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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