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Record ID: DUR-E0D99A
Object type: THIMBLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete, cast lead alloy palm guard of the Post Medieval period, AD1600-1900. The object is roughly semi-circular in shape with one convex surface with the other being flat, with a flat edge. The upper convex surface is heavily pitted on one end, with the other end being almost smooth, possibly due to wear. The general appearance of the object suggests it may have been home cast. Palm guards, such as this object, were for use by a leather worker or sail maker to protect the palm whilst stitching. It appears that, with this guard being semi circular, it was possible that it was…
Created on: Friday 28th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 5th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-7AF8A1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A cast, lead-alloy spindle whorl from the Medieval period (AD1200-1600). The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body that shows signs of decoration on both faces with a series of raised triangles and pellets. The surface is very worn.One side has a slightly straight edge.The perforation has an internal diameter of 10.05mm.The surface of the whorl is very worn with a powdery white patina. Lead weights of this form were commonly used throughout the Medieval and Post-Medieval period and are therefore difficult to date accurately. Examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been fou…
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-E9CC0D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete cast lead alloy spindle whorl of the Medieval to Post Medieval period (AD1200-1500). The object is flattened biconical in shape with a circular central perforation.There does not seem to be any evidence of decoration on either surface.The general patina is a cream colour with some darker patches and almost seems to be of a yellow hue. This could possibly be the inclusion of a small amount of iron in the alloy but could also signify the presence of iron in the proximity of the soil where it was found. Some of the surface is pitted and there is a large cut mark on one side. …
Created on: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018
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Record ID: DUR-AF3AC7
Object type: COIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete Swedish copper alloy coin of the Post Medieval period from the reign of Queen Christina (AD1632-1654). Obverse description: Crowned Vasa shield, date above. Shield divides denomination, 1/4 OR, ball under 1/4 and OR. Reverse description: Three crowns of Sweden,C R S, (Christiana Regina Sve); three rosettes below. The coin is in a fair condition with some corrosion.It has been struck slightly off-centre on the obverse, leaving a little extra metal on the left side. The coin is from Christina's reign when the currency changed slightly. One difference that is noticable is t…
Created on: Friday 27th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-884B8B
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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An incomplete Scottish silver groat of the Medieval period from the reign of David II, AD1329-1371. Obverse description: Crowned older head left, holding sceptre. Obverse inscription: DAVID DEI GR[A R]EX SCOTORVM. Reverse description :Long cross pattee with mullet of five points, voided by rosette in each quarter. Reverse inscription: DNSP-TECTOR-MS Z LIBERTOR MS. Inner circle, VILLA EDINBVRGH. The coin is in a good condition with a little wear on both faces. It has been clipped or broken at 10 and possibly between 3 and 6 o'clock. Thickness 1.23mm,weight 4.2g diameter 26.45mm. …
Created on: Friday 13th July 2018
Last updated: Monday 19th November 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-4E3472
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County Durham
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Copper-alloy Roman nummus of House of Constantine, dating to 330 - 335 AD (Reece Period 17). CONSTANTINOPOLIS reverse type, depicting Victory standing left on prow with shield and sceptre. Obverse of left-facing helmeted bust with spear over shoulder. The coin is 14.90mm in diameter, 1.91mm in thickness and weighs 1.47g.
Created on: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-4DE6D9
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County Durham
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Copper-alloy Roman nummus of House of Constantine, dating to 330 - 335 AD (Reece Period 17). CONSTANTINOPOLIS reverse type, depicting Victory standing left on prow with shield and sceptre. Obverse of left-facing helmeted bust with spear over shoulder. The coin is 16.44mm in diameter, 1.66mm in thickness and weighs 1.20g.
Created on: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2018
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Record ID: DUR-7D1FB7
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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Description: A complete Posie or Posy finger ring, with plain band and interior Roman script ' inscription, dating to the mid post-medieval period (c. AD1600-1700). The ring is 'D' shaped in section with a plain convex outer band. The ring is slightly misshapen, and is thus sub-oval in plan. Around the inner band is inscribed the legend: 'love as I or else die' in crude italic lettering. Discussion: The inscription is listed in Evans (1931, 72) with three variations of spelling ('elce' and 'dye'). Of these, one is drawn from the British Museum collections (Museum number AF.1335), dat…
Created on: Monday 18th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 14th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shincliffe area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DUR-67F797
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: MODERN
County: County Durham
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A complete, cast lead, typesetting letter of the Modern period (AD 1900-2000). Th object is a typesetting letter 'W' for use in the printing industry. It has a tall,rectangular main body which has three grooves on one surface for attachment to the printer. On one side is inscribed 'CASLON 24' within a slight recess, this being the typesetting font. The base has a groove centrally along its length. The main body is surmounted by the upper case 'W' in caslon script. The object is fairly modern with very little damage. William Caslon (1692/1693-1766) was prominent in the early stages o…
Created on: Thursday 24th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 23rd November 2018
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Record ID: DUR-6794C7
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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An incomplete, copper alloy belt fitting of the Medieval to Post Medieval period (AD1400-1600). The fitting is in the form of a rectangular central section which has folded over edges to the reverse. At each end of the rectangle is a rounded section with a knop at either end. Where these sections join the main body, there is a small recess. The knops are rounded but could have been pointed originally as there is substantial damage to some surfaces. At the edge of the rectangle, the ends seem to have been bent backwards and are broken on the face;one end has a missing knop. Evidence of…
Created on: Thursday 24th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 23rd November 2018
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Record ID: DUR-EB76EC
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County Durham
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An incomplete, cast, copper alloy decorative fitting of uncertain age, from the Roman to Post Medieval period (AD 100-1700). The object is in the form of the head and part of the body of a fish. The head has on it a lined mouth and an eye. The surface of the head is plain and comes to a point at the mouth.The body of the fish is made up of scales spaced in a line from top to bottom. It tapers up to a wider point and has a slight knop just behind the head.The fish head has been broken away from the main part of the body; it appears to be an older break.There are some signs of silvering…
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-EAEC42
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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An incomplete, cast copper alloy cooking vessel leg from the Medieval period (AD1150-1450). The leg is sub-rectangular in shape, slightly flaring out around the base. It has two sides with a part of one upper side missing; if looked at from the top, the leg is L shaped. The base roughly resembles the foot of an animal. The whole object has been broken off, with an old break, from what would have been a much longer leg.The outer face has a prominent vertical ridge.The patina of all surfaces is a dull mottled grey colour and there is corrosion and wear on all surfaces. Height 36.95mm, …
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-EA485A
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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An incomplete, copper alloy buckle of the Medieval period (AD1150-1450). The buckle is D shaped with the rounded edge slightly thicker than the strap bar. There is a small recess in the round edge for the pin rest and the strap bar still has the remains of the pin attached.The edges of the upper part of the frame are rounded,the lower being flat.There is no sign of any decoration on any surface. The patina of the frame is pale green in colour and there is some corrosion and wear on all surfaces. Length 22.78mm,width 31.77mm,tickness 2.96mm,weight 6.4g. An example of this type of bu…
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-E9CBA8
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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An incomplete, cast copper alloy horse harness mount of the Medieval to Post Medieval period (AD1400-1700). The head of the mount is circular and flat on the reverse face.The upper face is moulded with a flower design of a central six petalled flower, surrounded by six smaller flower heads with a leaf in between. This moulding is in evidence on the reverse.The reverse shows a central pointed stud which is slightly bent at the point. The patina of the surfaces is a mottled dark and light green colour and there is some circumferential damage and wear on all surfaces. There are two very…
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-E982D9
Object type: KEY (WINDING)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete, copper alloy clock key of the later Post Medieval to Modern periods (AD1750 -1900). The key has a flat, oval winding bow with two drilled apertures with countersunk holes. There is a solid, round section stem, which tapers slightly, the thinner end being nearest the bow. A square hollow section above also tapers slightly to the larger end. There is no decoration on any surface. Length 58.57mm, width 33.22mm, thickness 3.34mm, weight 20.1g.
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-D6B929
Object type: JETTON
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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An incomplete, copper alloy stock jetton from the Medieval period (AD1415-1500). Obverse description: Crown within a wire line circle surrounded by the legend [AVE MARIA GRACIA L]. Reverse description: Double voided cross fleuretty within a double tressure of four arches.In the centre of the cross is a voided quatrefoil and there is a flower of three petals in each of the angles. There is no reverse legend. This jetton is a French Tournai type. French jettons are considered important in that after they were introduced in the Royal Court, in the mid 12th century, the nobility adopted…
Created on: Thursday 17th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-D61CE6
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MODERN
County: County Durham
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A silver stick mount, from a colliery Deputy's yardstick, of the Modern period (AD1880 -1930). The mount is in the form of an 'elegant' shield with a central point at the apex curving to a point at either corner. This joins a bevel leading to a curving side, culminating in a point at the base. The face of the shield bears the inscription : C.LEIGHT, in a curve near the apex, DEAF HILL, across the centre, TRIMDON, curved at the base.The whole shield is curved to enable it to be attached to a stick.The surfaces of the mount are very scratched and worn with some dark grey and brown pati…
Created on: Thursday 17th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-C3E4A8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast, lead alloy spindle whorl dating from the Medieval to post-Medieval period, AD110-1800. The object comprises an irregular truncated bi-conical loom weight with a central perforation with an internal diameter of 8.96mm. One face is decorated with four radiating lines with pellets between, two pellets in one quadrant and a single pellet in the others. The reverse has a more random design of raised lines and pellets. The object shows clear signs of wear and damage around its edge. It has a diameter of 28.25mm, is 9.8mm thick and weighs 33.4g. Lead spindle whorls were commonly us…
Created on: Wednesday 16th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 23rd November 2018
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Record ID: DUR-C31D80
Object type: AMPULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval bag or flask shaped lead-alloy pilgrim's ampulla, AD.1300-1500. The vessel has a rectangular neck section with integrally cast suspension loops, one of which is missing, the other folded over. The opening at the top of the neck has been pinched shut. Below the neck, the vessel has an expanding waist that curves out to form the main circular section of the vessel. Where the missing handle would have been attached, there is a tear in the neck - possibly for the removal of the contents. The object measures 48.78mm in length, 28.79mm wide and weighs 31.7g. The front face of th…
Created on: Wednesday 16th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 23rd November 2018
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Record ID: DUR-08B7FB
Object type: FIGURINE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper-alloy figurine of Fortuna, dating to the Roman period (c. AD100-200). The object is a solid, cast, three dimensional piece and is largely complete, except for the missing right arm. It depicts a standing female deity. The head faces forward and bears a diadem or head band. The hair on the crown of the head is depicted by fine grooves running down the sides and back of the head from a central parting. At the back of her head, her hair is plaited and bound in a clubbed braid running down the nape of her neck. The facial features are clear with wide open eyes, damage…
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 9th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gainford area', grid reference and parish protected.


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