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Record ID: DOR-80DFA2
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A alloy button dating to a c.17th century date. It is solid with a convex front and flat reverse. In the centre of the upper face is a central pellet which has now partially broken away. On the reverse are two slightly off centre stubs from the wire attachment loop.The surface appears tinned. Reference: Read 2005, pg.76, no.305 Date: Post Medieval Diameter: 14.39 mm Thickness: 6.08 mm Weight: 4.83 g
Created on: Monday 4th February 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Record ID: HAMP-CED983
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete post-medieval (1600-1800) high-tin copper-alloy composite two-piece button, consisting of the discoidal front plate only. It is domed in shape and hollow to the reverse with traces of iron corrosion. The front is decorated with pairs of grooves forming a central triangle, the points of which are filled with numerous parallel grooves leaving an undecorated triangle at the centre. Two pairs of angled grooves create further triangles of isoceles form using the edges of the central triangle as their base; the inside of these are also filled with parallel grooves. The object m…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Last updated: Thursday 3rd January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alderholt', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A41CC3
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Post medieval copper alloy (probably tombac or brass) button, possibly silver coated. The button is globular, circular in plan and oval on cross section with a white inset, probably glass, at the centre of the front and incised shallow S-shaped curved lines running from this central inset on the front to the loop at the centre of the back in a wrythen pattern. The loop appears to be integral and is circular with a circular hole and no stem. The button is 10.2mm in diameter, 11.9mm tall including the loop, 8.2mm excluding it and weighs 4.05g. While the black corrosion is more typical o…
Created on: Monday 31st December 2018
Last updated: Monday 31st December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Corscombe CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-98290E
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A Post-Medieval lead alloy discoidal button, probably dating to c. AD 1500-1700. The button is circular in plan and broadly plano-convex, the front moulded into a double rose with central pellet. An integral, rectangular, undrilled shank projects from the centre of the reverse, on the line of a prominent casting seam. Dimensions: diameter: 22mm; thickness, including folded shank: 7.26mm; weight 8.48g. cf. Read (2005: 62-63) nos. 238-239, 243-244.
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 6th February 2019
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Record ID: DOR-9C33FC
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A copper alloy lead alloy button of Medieval to Post-Medieval date, circa 1350-1800. The button is circular. The front face is convex and the reverse is flat. In the centre of the front face is a small, central projection. At the reverse the separately applied copper alloy loop remains intact but has beenbent. The object has a light silvery-grey coloured patina. Date: Late Medieval to Post Medieval - c. 1450 - 1800 The button measures 10.08 mm in diameter, 9.47 mm in thickness and weighs 2.17 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-7D2B3A
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Incomplete copper alloy two-piece button. The back of a biconvex hollow button. An incomplete concave plate with a broken intergral rectangular-sectioned loop at the rear. Reference: Read, B. 2005, Metal Buttons c. 900 BC - c. AD 1700, page 73, No. 296 Date: Post Medieval - 17th to 18th century Dmensions:17.01 mm x 7.07 mm Weight: 1.53 g
Created on: Sunday 23rd September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-ABBFE5
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete copper alloy button. The button is circular with a convex front and concave back. The front of the button is decorated with design of incised lines, punched annulets and crescents. The design comprises an incised equal-armed cross with a central ring and dot and infill in the angles of small stamped annulets towards the centre and groups of stammped crescents (a line of three along the edge with two more forming an arch over the central crescent). A broken central integral rectangular shank projects from the reverse, with a circular drilled perforation.Date: Post Medieval…
Created on: Monday 20th August 2018
Last updated: Monday 20th August 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-F50063
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A medieval/ post-medieval copper-alloy button in the form of a heart, with both halves of the face obliquely-angled forward towards thickened edges (max. 5.4mm thick) from a deep groove at the centre (3.3mm thick). The face and sides are decorated with incised transverse grooves, with chevrons in a herringbone style, stemming from the central deep groove downwards towards the thickened edges, though the grooves and chevrons are fainter on the sides. On the reverse there is an integral D-shaped loop with a circular piercing measuring 6.3mm in diameter. It measures 16.2mm in length, 14.…
Created on: Friday 6th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2018
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Record ID: DOR-079273
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A complete copper alloy one-piece button. A cast plano-convex button with the remains of an integrally cast and drilled loop. The front bears a moulded radiating design consisting of a central pellet with eight radiating lines.The stub of the rectangular cross sectioned loop projects from one side of the rear face of the button. Reference: Read, B 2005, Metal Buttons c. 900 BC - c. AD 1700, Page 33. No. 112 Date: Late Medieval to Early Post-Medieval - c. 1450-1600 Dimensions: 12.26 mm x 7.88 mm Weight: 2.25g.
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
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Record ID: DOR-D007DF
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a cast copper alloy button or possibly cuff link. The front has a design of a heart within a circular field with traces of a densely stippled background. The missing half probably depicted a second heart surmounted by a central crown. This design was used to commemorate the marriage of Charles Stuart and Henrietta Maria of France (AD 1603). Similar designs were used throughout the 17th century, and buttons and cufflinks of comparable form are known in other materials, including silver. The reverse has traces of the corroded attachment loop. NARC-E2E6E7 on this…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 11th January 2018
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Record ID: DOR-6AD22D
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a composite lead alloy button with traces of a wire shank. Only the centre of the button remains. It is flat fronted and decorated with a simple five petalled rose motif moulded in relief. On the reveses is a raised circular area in the middle with a straight groove across its centre where a wire shank was attached. Date: Post Medieval - c. AD 1600-1750 Dimensions: 12.27 mm x 11.18 mm x 3.87 mm Weight: 1.35 g A similar button is recorded in database record SOM-4012DA and similar butttons are recorded in Read, B, Read, B., 2005.Metal Buttons c. 900 BC - c. AD 1700…
Created on: Thursday 23rd November 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Upwey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C5EF49
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete lead post medieval button dating to the period c. AD1600 - 1700. About half of the button and its shank are missing. The button is circular in shape with a flat back and convex front, which is decorated with cross and a large pellet in each quadrant, these abutting an outer border, all moulded in high relief. A row of pellets runs down each arm of the cross, with a final larger pellet on the border at the arm's terminal. Each pellet is seperated from the next by a fine raise line. On the border these pellets are flanked by transverse raised lines (in line with the arms o…
Created on: Thursday 9th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Castleton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C548D2
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2017 T137: Declared Treasure and donated to museum by finder. Description: A silver button with incised decoration. The button is bi-convex with a domed front and back. On the front is a central raised pellet and around this an incised design of a six leaved flower, each leaf made of three lobes with a central stem. Near the edge of the front is an incised border formed of a pair of concentric circles with regularly spaced pairs of diagonal lines running between them. The back has two circular blow holes flanking a loop. The loop is formed of a strip of D-shaped sectio…
Created on: Thursday 9th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stalbridge CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-09C449
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Late medieval to post medieval copper alloy button. A solid biconvex body with a circular sectioned short stem and simple looped shank. See Read, B, 2005, p. 51.
Created on: Thursday 19th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 19th January 2017
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Record ID: DOR-735AB9
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A cast copper-alloy tombac pimple button dating to the 17th century. The button is circular with a pimple design at the centre, and has a flat back. The tear-drop shaped attachment loop is made of copper-alloy and has been flattened. Buttons of this type are made from a form of brass called tombac which patinates to a dull silver colour. For a similar examples, see Bailey, Buttons and Fasteners (2004) p 35. Date: Post Medieval. Diameter: 13.8mm. Thickness: 5.8mm. Weight: 2.20g.
Created on: Saturday 12th November 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 31st January 2018
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Record ID: DOR-BB7E7E
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A copper-alloy post-medieval hexagonal button with a flat top and faceted sides which become vertical at the base. The top is decorated with a central flower motif of four small circles in a quatrefoil within a plain ring. From this central motif radiate six pairs of grooved lines which flank the angles between the facets and create lines along the sides of each facet. Circling the flat top, pairs of lines set at right angles to the radiating lines form an 'inner circle'. In the central cell of each facet is a scrolled motif of stamped Cs and annulets. The button has traces of gildi…
Created on: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 9th February 2017
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Record ID: DOR-44333F
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A post medieval copper alloy biconvex, hollow, domed button with a cast front and central pellet. The decoration over the dome is carved with eight grooved lozenge shapes with groups of transverse lines between with a central circle. The back is missing. Brian Reed, Metal Buttons, page 96, fig 380/381. Date: c.17th century Diameter: 14.44mm Thickness: 5.89mm Weight: 1.94g
Created on: Sunday 5th June 2016
Last updated: Thursday 13th October 2016
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Record ID: WILT-9B2876
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A lead zoomorphic button, of medieval or post-medieval period. The front is decorated in the shape of an animal head, possibly a lion, with prominent snout surrounded by what it seems to be a thick mane. The animal's face is defined by two big brows that frame the eyes and reach the nose. The wide snout fiils completely the lower part of the head. The external edge of the object is decorated with a set of grooves and ridges which create a sort of mane or hair. The back part, undecorated, is divided by two deep grooves crossing at right angle at the shank point. The loop has been f…
Created on: Friday 4th March 2016
Last updated: Thursday 31st March 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-8A8310
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A solid cast biconvex button from the medieval to early post-Medieval periods,c.1230-c.1550.The copper-alloy wire loop survives in situ (embedded) and the button's head appears to have a high tin content. It measures 9.55 mm in diameter, and weighs 2.616 grams. Reference: MoL Dress Accessories ( Nos 1384-1395 ). Brian Read, Metal buttons c.900 BC-c.AD 1700, 2nd Ed. Nos 78-87.
Created on: Friday 27th November 2015
Last updated: Friday 22nd June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-59AF66
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incompletelead tin alloy button. A composite, discoidal,two-piece button with a solid convex front and a broken separate iron shank. There is a slight knop at the centre of the convex front. The rear is flat. Only a stub of the shank remains at the rear. Date: Post medieval- 17th century Dimensions: 13.32 mmx 4.51 mm Weight: 3.42 g Similar examples are recorded in Read, B, 2005, Metal Buttons c. 900 BC - c. AD 1700, p. 76, nos. 304 & 305, although these both have copper alloy wire shanks.
Created on: Wednesday 25th November 2015
Last updated: Friday 27th November 2015
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