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Record ID: OXON-D3A034
Object type: CHAIN
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A copper alloy link pin for a chain probably of modern (post-industrialisation) date. The link pin is cylinder shaped with two widened head terminals at either end, one of which is now mishapen. The barrel of the link pin is smooth but there are two indentations visible possibly as a result of use. The link pin is too big for a bicycle chain; it could be from a motorbike, chainsaw or similar. Recorded for reference and comparison.
Created on: Tuesday 29th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 29th May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-B18F30
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A modern (c. AD 1800-2010) flint scraper made on an ancient flake of uncertain prehistoric date. The scraper is broadly circular in plan with part of the platform and the buld retained. There is some re-cortication, through which the modern retouching is cut. The modern retouching is at the proximal tip and around the distal edge. It is possible that a farm worker (for example) may have created and used this scraper in Victorian (or even more modern) times. The Victorians also used to practice flint knapping; this example is of the incorrect shape to be a gun flint so was probably form…
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: BERK-ED7EBD
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A worn and damaged lead alloy (pewter) trade token dating to the 19th century. The token was issued by the meat depratment of the Ardington Stores (Oxfordshire, formally Berkshire). It has a face value of 5 shillings. The token appears to have been hexagonal but has suffered damage to all edges; some of the edges look like they've been cut to respect the hexagonal border the surround the token, so this may have been done after manufacture and before circulation. One edge of the token is broken. The token reads the same on obverse and reverse: ARDINGTON STORES 5 / - MEAT DePARTMENT …
Created on: Thursday 24th August 2017
Last updated: Monday 29th January 2018
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Record ID: BERK-F464CB
Object type: SUNDIAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A worn cast copper ally sundial dating to the modern period. The sundial plate is circular and plan and made of bronze. On the underside are three square sectioned shanks which would have fitted in to the (probable stone) pedistal base. The face of the sundial has the hours of the day in Roman numerals around the outside with the motto 'Sunny Hours' at the base between the numerals. In the centre of the dial are two facing mythical birds, possibly phoenixes above an eight armed sun with the points of the compass around it. There are two thick heavy rivets which would have secured the …
Created on: Tuesday 25th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 25th October 2016
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Record ID: BERK-861F2E
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Wokingham
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A complete but bent copper alloy commemorative mount dating to the 19th century. The mount has two rectangular fields, slightly curved, one above the other, with the upper most field smaller than the lower one. The upper field bears the word WATERLOO, the lower field PENINSULA. Therefore this mount appears commemorate the British success of the Peninsula War (AD 1808-1814) culminating with the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The mount may have been attached to a military company's plaque. Suggested date AD 1815-1900.
Created on: Thursday 1st September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 8th September 2016
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Record ID: BERK-A244AE
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A worn and corroded lead alloy (pewter) token, pireced for suspension, dating to the early modern period, c. 19th century. The token is moulded and features on the obverse a man with money purse leaning over a fallen or seated man, with an inscription around the outer edge; due to the condition of the token only the word 'INDEPENDENT' can be clearly made out. The reverse of the token features clasped hands above crossed feathers or quills secured by a looped tie, all within a wreath border. Again the wear restricts any reading of the reverse inscription; a letter 'S' can be made out t…
Created on: Thursday 28th July 2016
Last updated: Monday 1st August 2016
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Record ID: BERK-DACC85
Object type: THIMBLE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete but squashed silver thimble made from a thin sheet of low grade silver with decoration pressed into the sheet. The rim is folded upwards to create a raised border and is impressed with a series of close set diagonal lines. Above the rim is the inscription "+ REMEMBER + ME" in raised letters within a plain linear border. Above the inscriptions on the upper half of the thimble are the machine-punched pits which run in lines up to and on to the domed peak. The manufacture method and lettering font on this thimble strongly suggets a 19th or even early 20th century date. A simil…
Created on: Wednesday 24th February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 25th February 2016
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Record ID: BERK-1EF229
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MODERN
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A worn and damaged modern silver 'penny', purporting to be an Anglo-Saxon coin, Kings of All England issue (c.10th century AD), but in fact is a modern copy. The coin has been cast in a mould and a casting spur is visible. Made on a thick 'flan' and being more oval than round in its current state. On both sides on edge of the coin has been worn smooth, or possibly reheated slightly / poorly cast. There is a post-medieval counterstamp bearing the letter [.]. P in a square cartouche at 3 o'clock on the reverse of the coin. Similar marks are seen as makers' marks on silver of the 19th an…
Created on: Tuesday 10th November 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 10th November 2015
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Record ID: BERK-A064F4
Object type: CLUB
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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An antler and lead 'priest' of uncertain but probably modern date. A priest is an object used to kill fish by hitting them on the head. This example is made from a part of antler, possible Fallow or Red Deer (Priscilla Lange pers. comm. via emailed image). The antler has been pierced with a long rounded tool near the head (the widest section). The head of the antler has also been shaped to remove projecting sections, resulting in an almost pointed terminal end. The opposing end has been hollowed out and moltern lead has been poured into it, to form the weight with which the fish would…
Created on: Tuesday 11th August 2015
Last updated: Thursday 13th August 2015
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Record ID: BERK-838A99
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A modern gold fanam from India, probably dating from the mid to late twentieth century AD. The coin has a design on one side only (unifaced) the reverse side being blank. Robert Bracey, Kushan Coin Project Curator at the Department of Coins & Medals, British Museum comments 'This is a Kali fanam, the designs are based on the Vira Rajam fanam but now more resemble a goddess than the lion that was originally represented. The types are probably 3.03 or 3.18 (the blank back looks flat rather than scyphate or with a boss) in Hans Herrli's Gold Fanams. Herrli thinks that all of the fanams w…
Created on: Thursday 5th March 2015
Last updated: Thursday 5th March 2015
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Record ID: BERK-47C6FD
Object type: TOY
Broad period: MODERN
County: West Berkshire
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A modern copper alloy mount, possibly for a composite toy in the form of a dodo. The toy is formed from a single sheet of metal with elaborate mouldings on one side and flat and undecorated on the other. There is a round aperture in front of the bird which is plain and undecorated and is the probably the attachment section to join a larger or composite object; maybe it was able to move so as to best appreciate the different aspects of the mount. The mount is cleverly designed to appear as a dodo, however when one looks closely the dodo is made up of several different creatures. The…
Created on: Wednesday 20th August 2014
Last updated: Friday 31st October 2014
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Record ID: BERK-3FC755
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MODERN
County: Reading
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A worn but complete copper alloy finger ring of late post-medieval or early modern date. The finger ring is formed of a plain hoop with a D-shaped cross section with no internal or external markings or moulded decoration. It is similar to a wedding band. There are very faint traces of a possible silver coating on the outside of the hope but it is too fragmentary to be certain. There is no visible seam. Suggested date: Late 18th to 19th century.
Created on: Monday 14th July 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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Record ID: BERK-160066
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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Two worn lead alloy bale seals dating to the lat post-medieval and early-modern period. The seals are both roughly circular in plan and would have held a cord through the middle which secured the seal to the product. The seals are worn but both were issued by the same merchant, Webb & Sons of Stourbridge who were bone manure manufacturers and seed merchants who took over Proctor and Ryland c.1894 but who had started trading in AD 1850. The obverse is stamped with crowned oval trademark design with entwined ribbon which reads WEBBS while the oval frame itself probably reads [GRASSES/RO…
Created on: Wednesday 30th April 2014
Last updated: Thursday 5th June 2014
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Record ID: BERK-7DD427
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A hollow silver bead, now distorted, probably dating to the modern period. The bead is broadly spherical and decorated with filigree panels in the shap of flower petals. One of these cells retains a red paste or enamel, another green. The majority of the surface of the bead is covered in the remains of a white paste. There is a collared circlet on either side of the bead through which the string would have passed. The bead is now flattened on one side. See HESH-94BF54 for comparison and discussion.
Created on: Friday 11th April 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 15th April 2014
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Record ID: BERK-320BC2
Object type: HARNESS RING
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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Probable post-medieval / modern harness or cart fitting. Sub-circular in plan (may be bent) with three decorative loops at the top of the frame. The bottom of the frame, where it is bent, appears to show some thinning of the metal, possibly due to wear. Uncertain function, maybe some type of harness ring or bridle piece.
Created on: Friday 14th March 2014
Last updated: Thursday 8th May 2014
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Record ID: BERK-4A2971
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete but worn lead alloy bag seal of late post-medieval to modern date (AD 1750-1950). The seal is comprised of two discs of metal connected by a folded tab, and secured with two solders. The resulting hole between the discs would have been for wire or textile ligatures which were used to secure the seal to the bag. Stamped text can be seen on both sides of the seal however it is very hard to make out; one face may read [...]ILN[...] / DIKA[..], while the opposite side has one word across the centre of the seal finishing in the letters '[...]RL'. Seal of this type were often emp…
Created on: Monday 3rd March 2014
Last updated: Monday 3rd March 2014
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Record ID: BERK-496438
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete lead alloy Russian lead bag seal of modern date (c. 1800-1809). The seal is comprised of a single disc of metal which is perforated by a hole running across its diameter. The holes would have been for wire or textile ligatures which were used to secure a bag. Stamped text can be seen on both sides of the seal; one bears three lines of text which appears to read [...]/C[...]/ANES/[...] . This text is likely to represent the name of the Quality Control Officer and possibly a code for the location at which the Officer worked or the registered number of the sealing tongs he …
Created on: Monday 3rd March 2014
Last updated: Monday 3rd March 2014
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Record ID: BERK-1BFD62
Object type: TOY
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
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A lead alloy figurine or toy of a basket woman, probably dating to the early-modern period. The figurine depicts a woman in long dress, possibly with an apron or garments hitched up and held with one hand at the waist. There is an object in the hand (horn shaped) but it is unclear if this is part of the dress or something seperate. The other hand is on the woman's left hip. A large basket is on the woman's back but there are no obvious signs of attachment such as straps over the shoulders however the strap may in fact be the head dress that the woman is wearing. The basket is similar …
Created on: Wednesday 18th December 2013
Last updated: Thursday 19th December 2013
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Record ID: BERK-F28D23
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MODERN
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probable modern fake of a penny of Edward the Confessor, Winchester mint. The coin appears to be imitating a hammer cross type (AD 1059-1062) although there is no annulet in the quarters of the cross as is usual for this series. The obverse inscription reads 'EADHARRD REX', crowned bust with sceptre right. The reverse reads 'ELFPINNE ON PINC'. The coin is of a very tinny white metal, and is of the correct weight and diameter however there is little wear and no tarnishing and the metal does not look or feel right for silver of this period.
Created on: Monday 16th December 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 17th December 2013
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Record ID: BERK-5B8A80
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probable copper alloy composite seal of modern date. The object has an oval sheet which has a large groove across its width. In this groove sits a rectangular piece of copper alloy with pronged projection a little like the pin of a buckle. At the opposing end is a semi-circular groove with a small rectangular tab with hole.
Created on: Monday 9th December 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 10th December 2013
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