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SOM-549F55: Medieval double-loop buckle

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Unique ID: SOM-549F55

Object type certainty: Certain
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Incomplete copper alloy medieval double-loop buckle dating to the 15th century. The buckle has two oval loops, one now incomplete due to old breaks. The complete loop has an expanded outer edge formed of a flat rectangular strip running the entire length of the outer edge. The strip thins towards the outer edge and is decorated with multiple wrigglework lines making a series of overlapping S-shapes with curled over ends.There are cusps at the outer corners where the strip meets the thicker triangular sectioned top and bottom sides of the loop. The central bar is oval in cross section and bent slightly to one side.

The frame is 51.6mm wide, now 26.4mm long and 2.9mm thick, it weighs 10.45g. 

This buckle has clear parallels on the database, in particular SF-1D9B8D and SF-93C9F8. GLO-DAFFC9, SUR-CEDD83 and NMS-CAA326 are also similar in form but with different decoration. The latter is undecorated on the strip as is Egan and Pritchard (1991) fig.63, no.461, made of iron, which comes from an early 15th century context. Egan and Pritchard (ibid, 99) group their example with rectangular buckles with 'rabbets' in each corner which they suggest were used on armour.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.4 mm
Width: 51.6 mm
Thickness: 2.9 mm
Weight: 10.45 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 018699

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
To be known as: North Wootton CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

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

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Audit data

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

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