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Record ID: PAS-5B678F
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete late early-medieval/Anglo-Scandinavian cast copper-alloy cheekpiece of Williams Type 1 (c. 11th century AD). The only element to have been lost is one of the outcurving zoomorphic side plates, broken where the neck of the creature joined the body of the cheekpiece. The other side plate is intact and is formed of a curved Ringerike style animal head and neck in profile. The plate has a D-shaped cross-section, being curved on the front and flat on the reverse, The beast's neck is long and the head is set at roughly right angles to it. On the outer edge of the curve is a cus…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wimborne St. Giles CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-5A8269
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A slightly corroded fragment from a late early-medieval/Anglo-Scandinavian cast copper-alloy cheekpiece (c. 11th century AD). The fragment is formed of a curved Ringerike style animal head and neck in profile, broken through the neck. The cheekpiece is flat and the neck is long and the head is set at roughly right angles to it. On the outer edge of the curve is a recessed protrusion, broadly semicircular with a small off-central knop and a second raised knop towards its back (at the neck end). At the tip of the head is a recurving hook to the upper jaw. Below are three slight, lobed pr…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage St. Michael CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-B252D3
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment from a copper-alloy late early-medieval bridle cheekpiece (c. 11th century). The object is broken around the hole through which the mouth piece link would have travelled. The object is zoomorphic, in the form of a beast with a neck which begins below this hole and curves round on itself. The other half of the plate was presumably formed of a symmetrical neck and head. On the lower curve of the neck is a projecting knop with a central hole with two holes on either side above it, on the plate. At the head is a double lobed crest, the lobes separated by two piercings arrang…
Created on: Tuesday 15th November 2016
Last updated: Monday 19th December 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sixpenny Handley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C2EB72
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval copper alloy bridle boss, with the three rivets, disguised as roses, still in place. The fitting is broadly circular in plan with a raised central dome and a flat outer border. The outer edge has thirteen projecting terminals, evenly spaced around the edge, each with a bifed end of two rounded knops, some are damaged with worn breaks. The central dome has moulded decoration with four regularly spacedpiriform petals or leavesradiating down from a central raised knop to the outer border which is a circle of 22 raised dots. The leaves are outlined by a double incised border…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 5th October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stalbridge CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-42B758
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A incomplete iron bridle bit of probable post-Medieval to modern date. This snaffle bit comprises a circular-sectioned bar which has been bent into a loop at either end. Contained within the lower loop is a separately made iron ring. Ringdiameter 64.47 mm Bar diameter 6.81 mm Bit length 112.75 mm.
Created on: Wednesday 1st January 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-DEB4D3
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete iron bridle snaffle bit of probable Medieval to Post Medieval date. The bit consists of a linked mouth-piece with a circular cheek piece at either end. The bit has been constructed with a circular bar, flattened at either end and turned over to form the loop. The cheek-pieces are sub-circular in plan. The mouth-piece middle link is seized with corrosion, the two cheek-pieces remain free within the attachment loops. Length of linked Bits: 76.60 mm and 67.81 mm. Diameter of bit 7.68 mm. Diameter of cheek-pieces 64.92 mm and 64.49 mm. Cheek-piece bar 6.65 mm x 4.53 mm.
Created on: Friday 16th August 2013
Last updated: Monday 9th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-69FB47
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Post-Medieval (1600-1800) copper alloy tinned openwork bridle boss, missing just less than half. It consists of a central domed roundel (hollow to the reverse) c.22mm in diameter with a raised flattened knop and moulded concentric circles around. Surrounding the roundel is the openwork decoration are a series of arms (five of eight survive), bifurcating to join with a neighbouring bifurcated arm at the base of a fleur-de-lis. Between the arms, and alternating with the lis, is a probable acorn. Much of the original patina is missing but a white metal coating, probably t…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 18th October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ringwood', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-CD2C34
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Anglo-Scandinavian copper alloy symmetrical cheek piece from a bridle. It is broken across the qperture for the attachment of the missing bit. The remaining fragment has a curvilinear outline. There are two apertures, one large and circular , the other much smaller and trapeziodal. It is decorated in a debased form of the Ringerike style, comprising a beast's head , projecting ear and neck curled around the larger aperture and some less distinct interlaced elements below. The back is undecorated and the piece is quite worn. Date: Early Medieval - c1020 -c1100 (David Wil…
Created on: Wednesday 26th May 2010
Last updated: Monday 17th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Puddletown', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-657AB2
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper alloy cheek piece of probable eleventh century AD date. Its function was to link one end of a horse's bit to the cheek strap of the bridle. The surviving portion measures 38.2mm by 16.3mm by 6mm and weighs 8.6g. It comprises a rectangular loop, the adjacent arm which has a forward projecting dome at the end opposite the loop, and the stubs of two further arms which project diagonally to each side from this point. The front of the cheekpiece has bevelled edges and the back is flat. Three sides of the loop are decorated with short angled parallel lines. Other…
Created on: Thursday 11th January 2007
Last updated: Monday 20th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Compton Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR455
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper alloy bridle cheekpiece. Two lozenge shaped couplings of different sizes (larger of two is broken). Joined by trapezoidal sectioned bar with raised sub-oval boss in middle. Smaller coupling has small knops at points. Larger is of heavier construction and is more barrel shaped. Each coupling has a sub-circular hole, the larger of the two is more worn. The back is flat.
Created on: Thursday 11th May 2000
Last updated: Thursday 13th July 2017
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