DEV-649413: Medieval buckle

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Unique ID: DEV-649413

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A copper alloy buckle of medieval date, c. AD 1250-1400.

Part of the buckle frame survives, but the pin and offset bar are now missing. The buckle is single looped, and oval in plan, with the outer part of the frame thickened, forming a crescent shape. In cross section this thickened area is trapezoidal in shape, with the inner edge markedly sloping inwards creating a distinctive effect. The result of this is that the underside of the frame is almost flattened, while the upper surface is an angled convex trapezoid shape. This angled inner slope continues around the curve of the frame, giving the pointed ends an almost rectilinear, pointed appearance. One of these is broken, but the other appears to have a decorative globular yet pointed knop at the terminal of this part of the frame. The pin rest is just visible on the outer, thicker area of the frame, in the centre of the thickened area. It is slightly misshapen due to post depositional damage.

Egan and Pritchard (1991: 70) no. 277 is similar, see also Moels (Griffiths, Philpott and Egan 2007: 88) no. 477. Both sources date this form of buckle to the late 13th to early 14th century.

Measurements: 21.5mm length, 17.9mm width, 5.2mm thick, weight 4.45g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.5 mm
Width: 17.9 mm
Thickness: 5.2 mm
Weight: 4.45 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 9th April 2019 - Tuesday 11th June 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Lucy Shipley
Identified by: Dr Lucy Shipley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018189

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Teignbridge (District)
To be known as: Coffinswell

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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. and Pritchard, F. 1991 Dress Accessories, c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) (1991) London Stationery Office Books
Griffiths, D., Philpott. R. and Egan, G. 2007 Meols: The Archaeology of the North West Wirral Coast Oxford Oxford University School of Archaeology

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Recording Institution: DEV
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Updated: 14 days ago

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