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SWYOR-444D39: SWYOR-444D39 Medieval Strap End

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Unique ID: SWYOR-444D39

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete copper alloy object, probably a mount of Post Medieval date, but possibly an Early Medieval or Medieval strap end.

The remaining portion consists of a sub-rectangular plate, broken at both ends. One end tapers in thickness while the other gradulally increses in thickness. It flares slightly towards each end, with the narrowest point near the thinner end. It is decorated with an incised design of a trefoil at the narrowest point, with a chevron in the middle of the plate, and back to back crescents, each containing short curved recesses, at the thcker end. The underside is flat. There is a single copper alloy rivet in the centre of the plate just below the break at the thicker end. The rivet remains in place but is very short. The object has a dark green patina with patches orf red metal showing through, and with a grey reflective surface in places suggesting it may have been tinned. It is 28.1mm long, 11.9mm wide and 4.1mm thick. It weighs 5.12g.

No close parallel has been found. It is probably a 16th or 17th century strap mount similar to GLO-050D55. However, it could also be a mount form a Medieval box or casket similar to NLM-037BD2, or a tang plate from a Medieval to Post Medieval knife, or a strap end of Medieval date (about AD 1350 - 1400) - a strap end of this broad type is illustrated in Egan and Pritchard, 1991, Dress Accessories, 1150 -1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London),page 147 number 703. There are also some similarities with Thomas Class H strap ends such as SWYOR-751A9C and LANCUM-B465F4 dating from AD 1000 - 1100, but the overall form is not the same.


The finder reports that the findspot is an ex-burial ground for plague victims.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.1 mm
Width: 11.9 mm
Thickness: 4.1 mm
Weight: 5.12 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 21st July 2019 - Sunday 28th July 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3450

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
District: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Woolley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE3113
Four figure Latitude: 53.61263951
Four figure longitude: -1.53290055
1:25K map: SE3113
1:10K map: SE31SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

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 147 703

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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