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Record ID: DUR-2D03C7
Object type: CRUCIFIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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Description: A complete silver pendant in the form of a crucifix, dating from the medieval period (c.AD1400-1500). The horizontal arms of the crucifix appear to terminate in crudely cast trefoils, whilst the lower terminal is completely obscured by the feet of the figure of Christ. The upper terminal is formed by an integral loop, with attached silver link. The figure of Christ, also integral to the crucifix, is again somewhat crude, with extended arms and over large hands. Incised grooves, marking the fingers of the left hand, are clearly visible; not so with the right hand, which a…
Created on: Monday 20th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 1st June 2018
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Record ID: DUR-4BF5EB
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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Description: A complete cast gold Reson or Posie finger ring, with a floriate and foliate pattern and interior 'Black Letter' inscription, dating to the late medieval period (AD1350-1500). The outer surface of the gold ring has thin parallel bands running around the upper and lower edges of the band, enclosing an engraved design featuring saltire crosses and diamonds. Each of the five diamonds contains flowers (2) or what appears to be a fruit (3), most likely strawberry. Traces of niello can be seen surrounding the flowers and fruit, and traces of white enamel remain within one of th…
Created on: Monday 16th October 2017
Last updated: Friday 1st June 2018
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Record ID: DUR-4543AF
Object type: SPOON
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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Description: An acorn finial from an incomplete silver spoon, dating from the medieval period (AD1300-1450). The lower part of the spoon and much of the handle (or stem) is missing. The remaining portion of stem (7mm in length) is hexagonal in section, whilst the finial or knop is in the form of an acorn. The shell of the acorn is decorated with linear cross-hatching. Dimensions: Length: 16.19mm Diameter (stem): 3.44mm Diameter (finial): 6.71mm Weight: 2.4g Discussion: Acorn knop spoons have been recorded in medieval contexts; Egan (1998:252) illustrates a number of spoons of s…
Created on: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 1st June 2018
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Record ID: DUR-095A13
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete silver farthing of Edward III dating to the medieval period AD 1344-51. North Number: Third (Florin) Coinage, Type G 1135/1. Obv: Crowned bust facing, probably bifolate crown - [ED]WARDVS REX AN Rev: Long cross, three pellets in angles - CIVI TAS LON DON NB: Somewhat tentative identification due to the addition of the 'AN' to the end of the obverse legend. Spink (p174) notes the 'An' for 1562B, but with the reverse featuring an escallop in one quarter (which this does not). The halfpenny of North 1134 also features the 'AN', but this coin appears to small for a hal…
Created on: Tuesday 1st August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd August 2017
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Record ID: DUR-75B6D5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A complete lead spindle whorl of medieval to post medieval date. The spindle whorl is semi-conical with a central perforation running through it. The reverse has a groove that runs around the circumference. There is no decoration. The metal is a whitish - brown colour and is worn. The spindle whorl is 31.6mm in diameter,13.12mm thick and weighs 42.8g.The diameter of the perforation on the reverse is 16.81mm decreasing to 12.78 mm on the obverse. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post - medieval period and are difficult to date with any…
Created on: Thursday 13th July 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd October 2017
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Record ID: DUR-746231
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A complete lead spindle whorl of medieval to post medieval date. The spindle whorl is bi - conical with a central perforation running through it. Both surfaces are decorated with raised lines radiating from the central perforation resulting in irregularly shaped trapezoidal cells with between two and three pellets within each. The metal is a mid whitish - brown colour and is worn. The spindle whorl is 28.35mm in diameter, 14.23mm thick and weighs 46.4g. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post medieval period and are difficult to date with any…
Created on: Thursday 13th July 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd October 2017
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Record ID: DUR-374901
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete lead spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The spindle whorl has a central perforation running through it, surrounded by a slight groove. The metal is a brown colour and is worn. The spindle whorl is 25.83mm in diameter, 8.00mm thick, and weighs 23.8g. The perforation is 9.35mm in diameter. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty. Decorated examples are thought to date to the medieval to post-medieval periods while undecorated examples cannot be securely date…
Created on: Monday 10th July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
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Record ID: DUR-8EEC64
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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Treasure Number: 2017-T283 Description: The hoard comprises 45 silver pennies dating of the type introduced by Edward I (r. 1272-1307) in 1279 and continued through the reigns of Edward II (1307-27) into the 1330s, in the early years of Edward III (1327-1377). There are two Scottish coins of Alexander III's Second Coinage (c.1280-86) and a single continental sterling imitation. The majority of the coins date from between 1280 and 1310; the Edward III coin dates from 1327 to 1335. The silver coinage of England was struck to what would become known as the sterling standard, over 90% …
Created on: Monday 27th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th September 2017
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Record ID: DUR-628A1C
Object type: HARNESS PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northumberland
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A medieval cast copper alloy harness pendant dating to the period c.AD 1300 - 1400. The harness pendant is in the shape of a 'heater shield' with a flat top and sides tapering to a point. The top edge has a centrally positioned suspension loop positioned at a ninety degree angle to the body of the pendant on a short rectangular neck. The loop retains traces of oxidised iron relating to the attachment to the horse breast-band. The front of the shield is decorated with a design comprising a lion rampant (or other beast?), head dexter (right) and possibly wearing a crown. The lion des…
Created on: Monday 23rd January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
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