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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
    • Created by: Teresa Gilmore

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Record ID: WMID-721A28
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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A complete copper alloy stirrup strap mount of late early medieval dating (AD 1000 to AD 1100). The stirrup strap mount is sub square in shape, with a flat cross section. The front exhibits openwork decoration with a central animal head, with a further smaller head above and to the side. Projecting fixing loops are present at the top, one still containing an iron rivet. Lower fixing loops are located along the base, again, one still containing an iron rivet. The reverse is undecorated. It measures 40.4 mm in length, 31.3 mm wide and 6.2 mm thick. It weighs 21.2 g. The stirrup…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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Record ID: WMID-70F369
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
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An incomplete copper alloy zoomorphic strap end of Late Anglo-Saxon dating (9th Century AD). Around 75% of the strap end is present, with the split attachment end missing, presumed lost in antiquity. The strap end is sub oval (rectangle with flattened ends and bowed sides) in shape. The front of the strap end is decorated. Three panels of decoration survive. The upper and larger panel consists of a central pellet with four pointed oval petals extending from it. Interlace probable animals are present in each petal, with some surviving niello inlay. Between this large panel and th…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Record ID: WMID-85A3D9
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
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An incomplete copper alloy strap distributor or harness link, of Late Early Medieval dating (AD1000 to AD 1100). The object consists of a triple knobbed loop located at both ends with an oval shaped knop positioned centrally. Rectangular projections extend above and below the central oval knop, indicating it may have been a four way harness link or strap distributor. The edges are bevelled. The back is flat, with a recess behind the oval knop. It measures 81.7 mm in length, 24.5 mm wide and 6.8 mm thick. It weighs 30.1 g. The harness fitting is a mid to dark green colour, wit…
Created on: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 31st October 2017
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Record ID: WMID-376498
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy, probable domed or spherical artefact, of uncertain form and function, but probably of 11th Century AD dating. The fragment has a cruciform shape, with a concave undecorated reverse. The front has a central raised section, with four ring and dot punched designs, each one positioned at the junction between the 'arms'. The junctions between the 'arms' are partial circular perforations. Each 'arm' has a large raised pellet on it but no ring and dot punch. Polishing is present on the top of the central dome. All edges exhibit old patinated breaks. It measu…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
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Record ID: WMID-C39214
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy sword guard, of probable Early medieval dating (c. 9th to 11th Centuries AD). Around 25% of the sword guard is present, consisting of one terminal only. The rest is missing. It is triangular, with a rectangular cross section. One edge exhibits an old patinated break, just where the central slot starts, so it is separating into two. The complete edge is a blunt point, and the upper edge extends upwards to a blunt point. The sides are plain, apart from a raised horizontal line at the midway point. The base exhibits a central groove, deepening towards the br…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
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Record ID: WMID-694A6C
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: The round pendant has a border formed by two strands of pleated wires set alongside each other, giving the impression of a gold filigree plait. Four additional plaits form arches from the border inwards and touch a fifth plait, which is framing a central setting. This is now empty but would originally have held a paste, shell or semi-precious gem. A grooved strip is attached to the top and back of the pendant, forming a suspension loop. The back is plain. Diameter (excluding loop): 37mm; weight: 5.2g. Surface analysis indicated a gold content of approximately 70%. D…
Created on: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
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Record ID: WMID-D27DCC
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold possible brooch, of early-medieval (probable 5th-century) date. Description: The object consists of a circular base-plate of gold sheet with a three-dimensional figure of a crouching, four-legged animal (a feline?) mounted along the diameter and buttressed by a pair of supporting zoomorphic heads on either side that rise and curve inwards from the base. The base has a decorative filigree border formed by two beaded wires with a thicker beaded wire soldered between and on top of them, just inside the edge of the disc. The head of the central animal is bent down to touch the base-…
Created on: Tuesday 30th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 26th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lichfield District', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-4462B7
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The strap-end is in very good condition, preserving much of the original niello infill decoration as well as the original three rivets that would have secured it to a strap at the split end. It terminates, as customary, in an animal head seen from above. This tapers at the 'cheek bones', to flare again at the nostrils, indicated by dimples. Grooves on the snout, three each side of the nostrils, the inner ones joining in a v-shape, are highlighted with niello. The eye sockets, now empty, would have originally been filled with glass; the tapering and chamfering on the head gives the tra…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Last updated: Monday 12th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wootton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-43EE37
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: Gold necklace pendant inlaid with a garnet. The pendant is composed of a thin squared back-plate with rounded corners whose contours are closely followed by a frame of heavy beaded wire. This surrounds a square collet made from a strip of gold whose ends overlap beneath/below the suspension loop. The cell holds a square-cut plate garnet whose surface is slightly damaged. The garnet appears to be set over decayed silver foil. The ribbed suspension loop is poorly cut to a point to the back where it is soldered to the back plate. The front of the loop is displaced from its o…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hammerwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-C2969E
Object type: TWEEZERS
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete gold cylindrical artefact with filigree decoration. The artefact is hollow (now filled with soil) and comprises a rectangular gold sheet rolled into a circular shape. Two 'bars' of twisted gold wire run across one open edge of the artefact, forming three 'slots' between them. Each bar is made from four fine gold wires, twisted in an SZSZ format. The outer face has been decorated extensively with gold beaded wire, forming three horizontal bands of decoration. The upper band comprises nine rows of twisted gold wire, in an SSSZSSZSS format. The central band comprises a r…
Created on: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Last updated: Friday 23rd February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Elford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-B059A0
Object type: HANGING BOWL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete enamelled copper alloy hanging bowl bird escutcheon, of Early medieval dating (AD 600 to AD 800). The escutcheon has an irregular shape. At the top, is an incomplete circular sectioned loop or hook. Two ridges are present at the end, which is an old break. Below this, a rectangular body, with sub rectangular wings projecting to either side. This has created a bird like shape. Directly below the loop or hook, is a circular boss, with a curvilinear pattern inside. Ridges are present in the wings and tails, to represent feathers, and the remains of yellow enamel in a cou…
Created on: Monday 20th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th April 2017
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Record ID: WMID-ACF0FC
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy sword pommel cap, of the 'cocked hat' type, dating to the Early Medieval period (c. AD 410 to AD 720). The pommel cap is pyramidal in form and sub-rectangular in plan. The underside is deeply hollow. The integral attachment lugs are missing from either side. No traces of decoration survive on the surfaces. The pommel cap measures 13.8 mm in length, 34.2 mm wide and 12.9 mm thick. It weighs 13.2 g. The pommel cap is a mid to dark green colour, with an even surface patina. The 'cocked hat' pommel is an early Anglo-Saxon type, examples of which can be …
Created on: Monday 20th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th April 2017
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Record ID: WMID-09D861
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete silver penny of Coenwulf of Mercia (AD 796 to AD 821), dating to the period c. AD 810 to c. AD 821, as part of the Group III, portait issue, cross crosslet type. Minted by Coelheard in London. North, vol 1, p 94, no 345. Diameter: 17.7 mm Thickness: 0.8 mm Weight: 1.0 g
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Record ID: WMID-1B5CE3
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper-alloy bit link from a late early-medieval bridle bit dating c. AD 1000 to AD 1100. The bit link has broken through the plain oval loop, as is often the case, with around half of the loop now missing. The complete end has a lozenge shaped terminal, with a central oval shaped perforation (12.7 mm by 9.2 mm). The terminal has knops on three outer points. A sub-rectangular arm extends towards the oval loop, before which, and abutting it is a boss with ridge beyond. The boss is domed on the front and recessed at its centre on the reverse, which is otherwise flat.…
Created on: Tuesday 8th November 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd December 2016
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Record ID: WMID-07DB4E
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy cast saucer brooch, of early Early-Medieval dating (mid 5th to mid 6th Centuries AD). Around 50% of the brooch is present, with the pin and half of the disc missing, presumed lost in antiquity. The front of the brooch exhibits concentric decoration. From the outside in, there is a one plain circle, then a couple of back to back animals, wiith two plain circles surrounding the central boss. The reverse is undecorated. There are three lugs. Two are parallel and between them, is a patch of iron corrosion, from the pin. The third lug is located on the opposite e…
Created on: Wednesday 26th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 8th October 2018
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Record ID: WMID-9778A9
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy head from a hair pin, of Early Medieval dating (AD 700 to AD 900). The hair pin consists of the head. The shank is missing. The head is similar to that of Cool's Group 15 type (Cool, 1990, 164), consisting of a cube shaped head, covered by diamond and triangular shaped facets (Orthorhombic shape). Each of the sides has been decorated with a ring and dot stamp. One (1) ring and dot is present on both the front and back faces. One ring and dot is present on each of the side facets. The top is plain. A small circular collar is present just beneath the hea…
Created on: Friday 4th September 2015
Last updated: Friday 4th September 2015
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Record ID: WMID-702904
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment from the foot of a copper alloy cruciform brooch. The lower section of the object is in the form of an animal's head with half-round nostrils at its distal end above which are two lateral projections representing the brow. A small projection between the nostrils may represent the remains of a loop for a spangle. The upper part of the foot has faceted sides and some, incised, transverse mouldings. On the brooch's underside is a longitudinal rib representing the catch plate. The fragment measures 39.1 mm in length, 7.5 mm wide and 6.0 mm thick. It weighs 4.0 g. The artef…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 13th October 2015
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Record ID: WMID-46955C
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete gilded silver brooch or mount dating to the late fifth to early sixth centuries. Less than 25% of the artefact survives. It has a curving edge and is decorated with Salin's Style I ornament on the front, comprising a human mask beside a spiral. Beneath this is a row of beading. The reverse is plain. The artefact was tested using a Mistral tabletop XRF machine to determine its elemental composition. The results are as follows: Location Au Cu Ag Zn Fe Sn P…
Created on: Wednesday 19th August 2015
Last updated: Monday 19th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Penkridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-C4E5D8
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy strap end, of Middle to Late Early Medieval dating (AD 750 to AD 1050). Around 90% of the strap end is present, with both ends being incomplete. The strap end has a wedge-shaped split end, with two rivet holes in both the front and back plates. The top edge is incomplete, resulting in three incomplete rivet holes and one complete one. These plates then narrow into the solid shaft, rectangular in section, which is decorated with four horizontal grooves across the lower third of the strap end. Below this, are two transverse grooves, above the animal-head te…
Created on: Monday 1st June 2015
Last updated: Monday 1st June 2015
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Record ID: WMID-844CF8
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy head from a hair pin, of Early Medieval dating (AD 700 to AD 900). The hair pin consists of the head. The shank is missing. The head is similar to that of Cool's Group 15 type (Cool, 1990, 164), consisting of a cube shaped head, covered by diamond and triangular shaped facets (Orthorhombic shape). Each of the sides has been decorated with a ring and dot stamp. One (1) ring and dot is present on both the front and back faces. One ring and dot is present on each of the side facets. The top is plain. A small circular collar is present just beneath the hea…
Created on: Friday 29th May 2015
Last updated: Friday 29th May 2015
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