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    • Broad period: MEDIEVAL
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Record ID: NMGW-DADB4F
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval lead alloy or pewter brooch, probably of 13th to 15th century date The cast brooch is near-complete, missing the pin and part of the outside of the frame (with a length of 33.8mm, a width of 30.0mm and a weight of 4.1g). The openwork brooch frame has a sub-circular central opening (16.4mm wide and 14.8mm long) around an zoomorphic openwork frame of D-shaped section (2.4mm thick). The frame depicts an unusual scene that is difficult to interpret. Both sides comprise a standing beast, probably lions or dogs with the tails looped upwards and returning at the shoulders. The t…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 11th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-79D21E
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a silver mount, bearing two incomplete inscriptions engraved against a recessed diagonally hatched background (?for enamel or niello). It reads null ce.. / bien in Black Letter script. There are two incomplete rivet holes, suggesting that it once formed part of a composite object. Maximum height 24.6mm; maximum width 18mm; minimum width 16.8mm; thickness 0.9mm; weight 4.04g. The object fragment has not undergone any cleaning or conservation. In terms of design and style of lettering, the mount is probably of late fifteenth-century in date. The motto app…
Created on: Friday 7th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-673987
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
In terms of size and design, the brooch is of thirteenth- or fourteenth-century date. A number of brooches of this general type with frames decorated with niello are known to have been found in Wales. These include a brooch with similar decoration from Kidwelly Castle found during restoration work (Redknap 1994, no. 16); two silver brooches from Laugharne Burrows, Carmarthenshire, with transverse grooves inlaid with niello (ibid, Fig. 2, nos 9, 10); and one brooch frame from Glyn Tarell, Powys (TAR 2004, no. 495). The reported object is the unevenly cast silver frame from an ann…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-64D499
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold iconographic finger-ring of late medieval or very early post-medieval date. It has a flat oval longitudinal bezel, engraved with the images of St Catherine holding a sword in her right hand. A wheel (symbol of her martyrdom) protrudes from behind her left side. The hoop is decorated on the shoulders and sides with sprigs. The inside of the hoop bears the legend ·en∙boen∙eure∙ ('In Good Hour') in black-letter script, between sprigs. The rough surface of the background to the bezel suggest that this may have been enamelled, but only cleaning of this area and the decorative s…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Friday 6th October 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3DF7B9
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a small silver annular brooch. The frame is decorated for half of its circumference with a four-faced cable twist, each facet bearing two rows of small punched dots. The opposite half of the frame is plain, with a circular cross-section. The pin shaft is missing, and the narrowing of the frame shows where the head of the pin was once secured. Internal diameter 12.5mm; external diameter 14mm; frame thickness 1.2mm; thickness of restriction for pin 0.75mm; width of pin head (suggested by restriction of frame) 2mm; weight 06g. A number of annular brooches with simi…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3D934E
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a fragment of silver gilt 'fede' or devotional ring with a bezel in the form of a sacred heart, crowned by crossed fleur-de-lys, forming flanking heart-shapes. In other rings of this type, clasped hands may decorate the base of hoop. Maximum height 10mm; maximum width 13mm; weight 1.1g. In terms of design and style of the iconography, the ring is of fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century date. A very similar bezel design with heart sprouting two flowers occurs on a silver gilt finger ring from Firle, East Sussex, dated to the late fifteenth or early sixteenth cen…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3E6846
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Newport
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a silver gilt devotional cruciform pendant with large suspension loop. The cross arms end in rounded knop. The flattened central area is engraved with Hebrew on both sides. One side reads : AGLA, an acronym for the Hebrew phrase Atha Gebri Leilan Adonai, meaning 'Thou art mighty for ever, O Lord'. The other side in engraved with a cross-potent, and the letters AWDN in the inter-arm spaces (probably alpha, omega (as on the Farndon pendant cross); what looks like an O is probably a reversed D, followed by 'N' for Dominus Noster. The central roundel also has an en…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3D4027
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver-gilt decorative ring with repeating pattern of alternating half-flowers filling triangular panels, separated by a deep zig-zag moulding. The inside of the hoop is plain. Internal hoop diameter 19.5mm; external hoop diameter 23.7mm; band width 6.5mm; band thickness 1.8-2.3mm; weight 6.3g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation The form of the ring is similar to that of some late fifteenth-century gold decorative rings. A similar flower motif occurs on a late medieval silver gilt decorative ring in the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A 6769-1860; Oman 1930, no…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3D1996
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver finger ring in the form of a decorated band, tapering away from bezel. The decoration, which extends all along the external face, has been first engraved and then inlaid with niello (now only partially preserved, but represented by dark material in parts of the engraved design). Three quadrangular panels of ornament with single line borders, are each separated by fields of multiple engraved lines (wrigglework); similar narrow fields at each end are differ in having open outer borders (i.e. not closed by an engraved line). Maximum band width 9mm; minimum band width 4.4mm; maximu…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3C4796
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a cast silver pendant in the form of a hanging trefoil leaf. It has a plain flat back, and an integral circular attachment loop. Traces of gilding are visible in the deeper recesses of the casting. Overall height 13mm; maximum width 8mm; maximum thickness 1.3mm; weight 0.7g. A number of silver or silver-gilt pendants with hanging flowers are known from England, such as one (possibly a fleur-de-lis) from Findon, West Sussex, attributed to the early sixteenth century (length 17mm; TAR 2005/6, no. 698), and a more elaborate example from Kings Somborne, Hampshire, d…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-2663CB
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Ceredigion
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The circular bezel is engraved with a capital letter W surrounded by three sprigs, within a single row pellet border. The bezel has a diameter of 12.3 x 13mm; the internal diameter of the hoop is 23.4mm; external hoop diameter 27,8mm; thickness of hoop 1.5mm; weight 16.29g. In terms of form and style, the signet ring is a well known early post-medieval type. It is very similar to a brass signet ring with 'W' ensigned by a coronet, probably found in Monmouthshire and of late medieval/early modern date (Williams 1993, no. D37). On the basis of letter form and hoop style, with characteri…
Created on: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-DB8D66
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval copper alloy pilgrim's badge of 15th or 16th century date The badge depicts the bust of Thomas Becket from the Canterbury pilgrimage and probably associated with the head reliquary. The badge is complete (with a length of 40.5mm, a basal width of 25.3mm, a thickness of 0.4mm - 3.9mm and a weight of 6.9g). Thomas is depicted full-face wearing a mitre surmounted with a cross, comprising four peripheral pellets and larger central pellet. The sides of the mitre are enhanced with three protruding knops and the interior has linear along the sides, through the centre and above the …
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 21st September 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-EB4B2C
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
~~Medieval lead alloy pilgrim's badge probably of 15th or early 16th century date The badge is in the form of a letter 'B' in Lombardic script and appears to be near-complete (with a length of 22.0mm, a width of 17.4mm, a thickness of 1.0mm and a weight of 1.8g). The front face would have been flat and is now a little distorted. The letter has a straight upward bar with serifs projecting to the rear. The letter widens slightly at the curving outside end and is narrowest at the middle central bar. The face has no further decoration. The rear face is less finished and has the stubs of …
Created on: Monday 15th June 2015
Last updated: Monday 15th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off Uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-AFBAB3
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval to early post-medieval lead-tin alloy chape, probably from a dagger scabbard. The cast chape is incomplete, eroded at the mouth (with a length of 27.2mm and a weight of 4.5g). The mouth is somewhat misshapen and would originally have been D-shaped to sub-oval (17.3mm x 13.0mm with a wall thickness of 0.7mm). There is some damage below the mouth, probably incorporating a damaged rivet attachment hole. The surface is corroded masking the decoration but a rib is discernible below the mouth, possibly flanked by grooves above and below. Any other decoration is uncertain, ther…
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 12th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off the upland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-AEC0F7
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval annular brooch of pewter or lead-tin alloy and of 13th or 14th century date The brooch is near-complete, missing the lower part of the pin but is heavily-corroded (with a weight of 3.4g). The annular frame is sub-circular (with an external diameter of 24.8mm - 25.9mm, an internal diameter of 18.5 - 19.0mmmm) and is circular sectioned 2.4mm diameter). The encrusted corrosion has masked much of the decoration but a cast twisted, 'cable' motif is evident over one half of the frame and probably only on one face. No decoration is evident on the other face. There is a constriction …
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 12th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-AC4E22
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval annular brooch of pewter or lead-tin alloy and of 14th century date The brooch is near-complete, missing the tip of the pin but is heavily-corroded (with a weight of 7.9g). The annular frame is circular (with an external diameter of 29.9mm - 30.2mm, an internal diameter of 18.5mm) and is rectangular sectioned (3.1mm - 3.8mm thick). The encrusted corrosion has masked the decoration although an outside border is evident, inside of which are repeating semi-circular or D-shaped arcs on one face. No decoration is evident on the reverse face. There is a constriction for the pin on…
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 12th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-2B000C
Object type: HARNESS PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval copper alloy harness pendant of 13th or 14th century date The pendant is of cruciform type and is near-complete missing the top of the loop (with a surviving length of 30.5mm and a weight of 9.4g). The incomplete loop (with a surviving length of 4.4mm and a diameter of 2.6mm) is thinned (at 1.7mm). The cruciform pendant comprises a central square box (7.2mm square and 6.3mm thick) with narrowed arms of D-shaped section (2mm wide and 3-4mm thick) with sub-spherical terminals (6mm - 8mm diameter). There is likely to have been a motif on the central box but is no longer disce…
Created on: Monday 6th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 8th October 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-2A2415
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy folding strap clasp of late 13th to early 15th century date The folding clasp is incomplete, missing folding end and plate (with a surviving length of 16.5mm and a weight of 3.1g). The outside edge has the separate sheet of the folding end wrapped around the frame (with a thickness of 5.0mm). The frame is trapezoidal, widening to the outside edge (with a width of 18.3mm and 14.7mm at the bar). The sides of the frame are of rectangular section and are straight, enhanced with pointed mouldings near the bar and outside edge. One side of the frame is miscast. The …
Created on: Monday 6th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 6th October 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-261F3C
Object type: HARNESS PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval enamelled copper alloy harness pendant of 13th or 14th century date The shield-shaped pendant is corroded but is near-complete (with an overall length of 36.4mm and a weight of 6.7g). The pendant was hinged to a missing suspension mount by the loop at the apex (10.5mm high, 6.9mm deep and 1.9mm - 4.0mm thick) with a circular perforation containing the remnants of the iron hinge-pin. The shield-shaped pendant (26.1mm long, 22.5mm wide and 2.1mm thick) is gently convex. The decorative device is heraldic, comprising a diagonal band (bend), within which none of the enamel has …
Created on: Monday 6th October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 8th October 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-636F0B
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small silver annular brooch. The circular frame is circular in cross-section, and one side (the front) is decorated with two clusters of transverse grooves filled with niello. The wrap-around head of the pin secure it to the annular frame of the brooch, is lightly wider (2mm) than the shaft (width 1mm). External frame diameter 12 x 13mm; frame thickness 1mm; pin length 12mm; weight 0.55g. A number of annular brooches with similar pins are known from Wales. They range from small silver stirrup brooches, such as those from Llanfaes (Anglesey), Llanbedr Duffryn Clwyd (Denbighshire) …
Created on: Monday 28th July 2014
Last updated: Monday 28th July 2014
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