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HARNESS PENDANT
Robert Webley wrote @ 11:32:26 @ 22nd September 2011.

I have just recorded a very similar pendant from Hampshire - ref. HAMP-9DCC87

Comment entered on record: KENT2768 Find published
Object type: Harness pendant
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: Kent

SCRAPER (TOOL)
Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark wrote @ 09:11:59 @ 21st September 2011.

This artefact is not a prehistoric scraper. It is a post-medieval gun flint.

Comment entered on record: HAMP1417 Find published
Object type: Scraper (tool)
Broad Period: Bronze age
County of origin: Hampshire

LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Hugo Anderson-Whymark wrote @ 13:27:53 @ 20th September 2011.

p.s. this artefact should not be confused with Edward Simpson's mid-late Victorian forgeries. Simpson - a.k.a. Flint Jack - had very poor knapping skills and his flint tools are easily distinguished from the genuine article. His skills certainly did not extend to making artefacts of this quality!

Comment entered on record: SWYOR-95AB74 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Lithic implement
Broad Period: Modern
County of origin: Leeds

LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark wrote @ 13:21:37 @ 20th September 2011.

I have recently been researching some of the novalties manufactured by the Brandon gun flint knappers and this is a great example of their work. Frederick Edward ‘Fred Budget’ Snare, 1858-1934 made a wide variety of novel artefacts including arrowheads, fish hooks and rings. The earliest reference to him producing flint rings occurs in Marlett's book 'Anthropology' dating from 1912, and examples of flint rings he produced in 1915 can be found in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. Robert William ‘Bill’ Basham (1895-1932), an employee of Fred Snare, perfected the art of manufacturing these flint rings in the 1920s - producing the amazing necklace held in the Ancient House Museum, Thetford. It has been said that he took his secret process of manufacturing these rings to the grave when he died of silicosis at a young age, however, a fellow worker, Victor Robert ‘Vic’ Edwards 1888-1953 produced a series of examples demonstrating the manufacturing process for Sir Francis Knowles in 1937. These are held in the Pitt Rivers Museum. I am certain that this flint ring was produced by one of these men and it is a very exciting discovery as only a handful of examples are known.

Comment entered on record: SWYOR-95AB74 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Lithic implement
Broad Period: Modern
County of origin: Leeds

COIN
Michelle wrote @ 20:26:25 @ 19th September 2011.

This is a beautiful example of a gold stater coin... it is flawless what can you say! stunning.

Comment entered on record: NARC-523907 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Iron age
County of origin: Cambridgeshire

COIN
Paul Cannon wrote @ 19:30:02 @ 18th September 2011.

This would appear to be a ?debased Ottoman coin of Algeria (a two budju piece). The original coin would have been silver. The reverse contains the mint name for Algiers (Jazair in Arabic) and the AH date 1237 (equivalent to AD 1821 to 1822). The obverse contains the name Mahmud, the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II ibn 'Abd al Hamid who ruled AD 1808 to 1839. At this time Algeria formed part of the Ottoman Empire.

Comment entered on record: DENO-DCB203 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Unknown
County of origin: Northamptonshire

COIN
Paul Cannon wrote @ 18:46:44 @ 18th September 2011.

I believe this to be a low value Ottoman coin of the late 18th or early 19th century. The Arabic script on the obverse translates as 'struck in Egypt (Cairo)'. Below the word for Egypt (Misr) is the accession year of the Ottoman Sultan ie the year he came to the throne. The date takes the usual Muslim AH form and is in proper Arabic numerals. Unfortunately the piercing has removed part of the date. However sufficient remains that from the image I believe the date to be AH 12X2 or 12X3. It seems probable that the date is AH 1223 (equivalent to AD 1808), the accession date of the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II ibn 'Abd al Hamid. He ruled from AD 1808 to 1839. Egypt at this time formed part of the extensive Ottoman Empire. The other face does not consist of Arabic script but is a fairly crude representation of the Sultans' tughra, a form of elaborate 'signature'.

Comment entered on record: BERK-51D384 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: Oxfordshire

COIN
Paul Cannon wrote @ 17:54:42 @ 18th September 2011.

I believe this to be a 'silver' 1 piastre Ottoman coin. The mint name Constantinople (in Arabic) is clearly visible as is the accession date of the sultan below it ie AH 1223 in proper Arabic numerals. This date is equivalent to AD 1808 and is therefore a coin of the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II ibn 'Abd al Hamid who ruled from AD 1808 to 1839. Constantinople is now the city of Istanbul, the capital of present day Turkey. Even though the regnal year is not completely clear in the image the coin must belong to his 8th or 9th Series as the Arabic word 'the Just' appears to the right of the tughra on the reverse. These were produced between years 22 to the end of his reign ie 1830 to 1839. From the image however it appears that it may be the year 24 ie 1832. Towards the end of his reign many of the silver coins were gradually debased, some having just a silver wash. This would account for the coin being underweight and its general poor condition.

Comment entered on record: YORYM-1F3EF1 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: East Riding Of Yorkshire

CLOTH SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 22:28:29 @ 15th September 2011.

Geoff Egan illustrated a seal with identical features to this one [Lead Cloth Seals & Related Items in the British Museum (1994); No. 53, fig. 18]. One face is identical "lion statant on chapeau, CR to sides" -the other face has the same TP ligature but in this instance has the county name Kent instead. This might suggest that the alnager for Kent and Berkshire were the same person at this time. The above description suggests an S or C in the field by the lion. Is this not more likely to be the S shaped tail of the lion? Also that the lion sits on a helm - from the image of the seal I believe it to be a chapeau (or cap of maintenence) and not a helm.

Comment entered on record: SUR-83A407 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Cloth seal
Broad Period: Post medieval
County of origin: Hampshire

SEAL
Paul Cannon wrote @ 18:40:47 @ 15th September 2011.

I believe this lead alloy object contains the impression of a local weights and measures inspectors verification mark. This type of mark was introduced in 1878 and consists of a crown, Royal cypher and a number. Numbers were allocated to local weights and measures inspectors. The number '484' was used by Hertford County from 1890. The Victoria cypher ties the date down to the last decade of the 19th century. The identification of the verification numbers can be easily made through http://www.antique-metalware.co.uk/uvnumbers1.asp. Weights had an adjusting hole on the underside which contained lead. When the weight was checked the surface of the soft lead could be stamped with the verification mark confirming its accuracy. I believe this object may have come from such a weight.

Comment entered on record: BERK-100B05 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Seal
Broad Period: Modern
County of origin: West Berkshire

COIN
colin brette wrote @ 21:27:22 @ 11th September 2011.

The coin I believe is infact a coin of James 111 of Scotland, also known as a Crosraguel penny.

Comment entered on record: SWYOR-90BD33 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: North Yorkshire

TOKEN
Paul Hogwood wrote @ 00:55:34 @ 11th September 2011.

This farthing token was issued by Josepth Smith (I) of Thaxted in Essex A man making candles

Comment entered on record: KENT-E2CFC1 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Token
Broad Period: Post medieval
County of origin: Kent

COIN
Cliff Smith wrote @ 11:43:25 @ 10th September 2011.

The picture you are displaying is a four pence and not a three pence, your description clearly indicates a threepence. Hope that helps.

Comment entered on record: LEIC-A0CEF2 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Post medieval
County of origin: Lincolnshire

COIN
chantelle Pike wrote @ 11:14:40 @ 10th September 2011.

I just found one of these in one of our fields.

Comment entered on record: LANCUM-75C5C8 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Post medieval
County of origin: Lancashire

SWORD
Heather Brown wrote @ 20:42:24 @ 7th September 2011.

This is a brilliant find!! well done.

Comment entered on record: LIN-7850F7 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Sword
Broad Period: Bronze age
County of origin: Lincolnshire

COIN
DEL wrote @ 13:01:06 @ 7th September 2011.

This would appear to be a fake coin, showing a coat of silver over a base metal core. Del Cook

Comment entered on record: LANCUM-74B8B6 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Post medieval
County of origin: Lancashire

MOUNT
Richard Gibson wrote @ 17:36:10 @ 4th September 2011.

Although it is difficult to say for certain from images, I think this artefact has more in common with 11th century mounts, see UKDFD 25522 and 177 in the Scandinavian style, than to the later Medieval mounts in the description.

Comment entered on record: PUBLIC-7FF186 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Mount
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: East Riding Of Yorkshire

JETTON
Graham Bould wrote @ 07:34:56 @ 3rd September 2011.

Find date was 10 June 2011.

Comment entered on record: WILT-E4CB02 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Jetton
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: Wiltshire

SCABBARD
Andreas Rau wrote @ 08:46:32 @ 2nd September 2011.

This item is most likely a migration period sword scabbard chape of Menghin's (1983) type Snartemo-Fairford.

Comment entered on record: NMS-820F61 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Scabbard
Broad Period: Iron age
County of origin: Norfolk

MOUNT
Wendy Scott wrote @ 16:39:09 @ 31st August 2011.

This should be in a museum! there is nothing selected for subsequent action, is the finder in contact with us?

Comment entered on record: SF-FD7B05 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Mount
Broad Period: Early medieval
County of origin: Suffolk

BROOCH
Philippa Walton wrote @ 16:48:09 @ 30th August 2011.

Do you think this brooch may have been deliberately cut? It is difficult to ascertain whether it is just broken or actually mutilated from your images.

Comment entered on record: LEIC-93DF85 Find published
Object type: Brooch
Broad Period: Roman
County of origin: Leicestershire

COIN
DEL wrote @ 16:40:30 @ 30th August 2011.

Looking at an enlargement of this coin it would appear to be an imitation with a silver coating over a base metal core ? Del.

Comment entered on record: LEIC-CD6A02 Find published
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Roman
County of origin: Leicestershire

JAR
Lepot Annick wrote @ 14:19:53 @ 30th August 2011.

This fragment is a pre-roman dolium produced in calcite tempered clays from the region of the Condroz (Devonian formation) in Belgium. A paper in in press on this specific Fabric (Lepot Annick, Vilvorder Fabienne, La céramique à dégraissant Calcite sur le territoire des Tongres, Paris, in press)

Comment entered on record: NLM-F4E613 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Jar
Broad Period: Roman
County of origin: North Lincolnshire

COMPASS
John Davis wrote @ 09:42:51 @ 30th August 2011.

I believe that this is the base of the compass-box of a late-medieval compendium, (1450-1500) the lid of which would have been a nocturnal (4 examples on the PAS database) and including an equinoctial sundial. There are examples of the complete instrument in the British Museum and the Oxford Museum of the History of Science.

Comment entered on record: HAMP-A9E6F1 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Compass
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: Dorset

HANDAXE
Eileen Abell wrote @ 23:36:33 @ 29th August 2011.

I. too, have an assemblage/collection of very similar lithics, found in SW Leicestershire by me over past 10 years. Have always thought they were just heavily patinated flint debitage/cores etc. Should I photo them and submit? One, at least, looks like an Acheulian cordate handaxe to me, from looking at similar on this site. My local fieldworking group seems only interested in neolithic transparent arrowheads! Eileen Abell

Comment entered on record: IOW-8C61B8 Find published
Object type: Handaxe
Broad Period: Palaeolithic
County of origin: Isle Of Wight

SPOON
Steve wrote @ 17:30:54 @ 27th August 2011.

Can you give me any more details about the spoon handle above as it seems I have the same looking whole spoon also found in surrey but many years ago by my grandad. Is this worth anything or just interesting for a museum?

Comment entered on record: SUR-161572 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Spoon
Broad Period: Post medieval
County of origin: Surrey

CANDLE HOLDER
Adam Staples wrote @ 09:12:05 @ 24th August 2011.

This is actually part of a medieval folding candlestick, cf SWYOR-72DF97

Comment entered on record: DENO-470E11 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Candle holder
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: Nottinghamshire

CANDLE HOLDER
Adam Staples wrote @ 09:09:12 @ 24th August 2011.

This a part of a folding candlestick, rather than a strap-end. cf. SWYOR-72DF97

Comment entered on record: DENO-470E11 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Candle holder
Broad Period: Medieval
County of origin: Nottinghamshire

TOY
Michael Lewis wrote @ 16:32:16 @ 16th August 2011.

This doll's skirt is almost identical to that on an almost complete doll from Buckland (SUR-2DC8B1).

Comment entered on record: PUBLIC-6D33F7 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Toy
Broad Period: Post medieval
County of origin: County Durham

COIN
Paul Cannon wrote @ 20:21:41 @ 14th August 2011.

The obsverse of this coin is very similar/?identical to CCI 9812; 981142 & 981025 all also recorded from Berkshire. The reverses are similar but not identical.

Comment entered on record: BERK-A96943 Find awaiting validation
Object type: Coin
Broad Period: Iron age
County of origin: West Berkshire

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