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Record ID: DOR-5E429E
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A complete copper alloy pin of probable early medieval (late Anglo-Saxon) date. It has a small spherical head and a narrow shaft, which swells in the centre. The tip of the pin is curved to form a hook, possibly deliberately. It survives in fair condition and has a dark green patina. Date: Eraly Medieval - c.8th or 9th centuriy AD. Length: 52.98mm, diameter of head: 5.60mm, thickness of stem: 3.84mm, weight: 2.76g. A similar example can be found on the database: SF-353129 he presence of a swelling in the shaft suggests an early medieval rather than Roman date,
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 17th October 2018
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Record ID: DOR-E89B72
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy dress or hair pin. Only the head and a very small portion of the stem survives. The head is cuboid and rectangular in cross-section, each panel is faceted, with cut corners and a flat lozengiform front panel. The stem is circular in cross-section and bent out of shape. Date: Roman - c. 250 - 450 AD Dimensions: 15.76 mm x 6.94 mm Weight: 2.97 g Similar pins have been recorded on the database: WAW-7421DC, SF-DC75CA, SWYOR-8D2FC3. In database record DOR-53ACEF for a similar object, Lucy Bevan notes that that example belongs to Cool's (1990, 164) …
Created on: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd February 2018
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Record ID: DOR-53ACEF
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy pin dating to c.250 - 450. Only the head and a very small portion of the stem survives. The head is cuboid, with 4 sides and rectangular in cross-section, each panel is faceted, with cut corners and a flat lozengiform front panel. The stem is circular in cross-section and bent out of shape. This pin could be mistaken fro Early Medieval but the absence of a collar around its shank points to a Roman date. Reference: This belongs to Cool's (1990, 164) group 15 for which she suggests a 3rd or 4th century date. Three examples were excavated at Colchester (Crummy 1…
Created on: Monday 4th December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
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Record ID: SUR-FB4575
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval copper-alloy pin with a polyhedral head with a ring and dot on eight of its facets. There is a collar below the pin head and the pin shaft is incomplete.
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2017
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Record ID: SUR-FB4049
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval copper-alloy pin with a polyhedral head with a ring and dot on each facet, except the apex. There is a collar below the pin head and the pin shaft is incomplete.
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-12CF71
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Early Medieval copper alloy pin head, dating to c. AD 720-900. The pin head is of a flattened globular shape, sub-circular in plan and slightly lozenge shaped in profile. It has been decorated by a series of deeply incised lines radiating from the apex and curving round to the right on the lower half. Below the pin head is an ovular collar with the shaft breaking at a worn break immediately below, what little of the shaft remains is circular in cross section. Length: 11.2mm, Diameter of head: 8.8mm, Diameter of shaft: 2.4mm, Thickness of Collar: 2.9mm, Width of collar: 4.0mm, Wei…
Created on: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 29th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Spetisbury CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-66CE77
Object type: PIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Treasure case 2017 240: disclaimed, returned to finder Description: A small silver-gilt dress-pin head with a short length of the pin. The silver head is hollow and spherical and decorated with silver wire filigree. A horizontal silver wire filigree band divides the head into two hemispheres, this is missing in places exposing the soldering below and the joint between the two hemispheres. Each hemisphere is decorated with three large filigree circles of twisted wire. Within each circle there are a further three twisted wire circles surrounding a pellet, one pellet missing on the l…
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Frome St Quintin', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-496AA6
Object type: PIN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy pin. The head is bi-lobed or heat-shaped with scored diagonal lines on both faces. Just below the head in opposite faces of the shaft are several transverse grooves. The shaft is rectangular in cross section at the head and becomes slightly more rounded towards the break. Date:Uncertain Dimensions: 37.4 mm x 11.7 mm x 2.3 mm Weight: 1.57 g
Created on: Sunday 24th July 2016
Last updated: Monday 9th January 2017
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Record ID: SOM-476B6B
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2016 T427: Acquired by Dorchester Museum Description: An incomplete silver pin of the "proto hand pin" type. The head consists of three cylindrical beads resembling fingers, set horizontally to the plate. The middle finger is slightly longer and thicker than the two flanking it. The beads are linked to one another and to the plate below by narrower undecorated bands. Below the beads is a moulded aperture. The plate is semi-circular. The front exhibits a moulded design of running S-scrolls within a reserve border running around the edge of the plate. There are possible tr…
Created on: Tuesday 24th May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Piddletrenthide', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-99F568
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy early medieval zoomorphic pin dating to the 8th century. The shaft of the pin is circular in cross section, tapering a little from 2.50mm in diameter to 2mm in diameter in the length extant. The shaft of the pin has a sharp point at one end but this is probably the break, rather than the fulll extent of the original item. The terminal of the pin is in the form of a zoomorphic head, dog-like but with an extended snout. There is a small collar above which is the skull of the animal, roughly spherical, with a raised moulding of two sub-triangular features eithe…
Created on: Monday 16th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Record ID: GLO-E5FF60
Object type: PIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy drawn wire pin with globular head that is separated from the shaft of the pin by a small collar. The head of the pin retains traces of gilding. The pin is ben by if straightened the overall length would be 35mm. 15th-16th century The below discussion taken from LON-B536F9 It is noted in Egan & Forsyth (1997, 222) that: "Pins are recovered in abundance from almost all sites yielding 15th and 16th century material. They were indispensable and vast quantities were used in England for fastening clothing and paper and for sewing." Reference: Egan, G. and F…
Created on: Tuesday 19th January 2016
Last updated: Friday 22nd January 2016
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Record ID: DOR-719325
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy pin. The head is spherical with a narrow collar below and a slight point on the top. The circular cross sectioned shaft is narrowed from the head and tapers gently to the break Date: Possibly Roman - c. AD 45 - 410 Dimensions: 33.45 mm x 8.14 mm Weight: 3.77 g
Created on: Thursday 26th November 2015
Last updated: Friday 27th November 2015
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Record ID: DOR-514CD7
Object type: PIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A copper alloy Iron Age ring headed pin dating to the period c. 300BC - AD50. The pin consists of a circular head with a circular perforation. The shank of the pin projects from the bottom of the ring-head and features a circular perforation with a cylindrical rivet in situ. The pin bends at a slight angle just below the rivet and then curves back in the opposite direction, tapering along its length. The ring-head measures 28.26mm in dimater with an internal diameter of 13.58mm and is 7.91mm thick. The pin has a smooth dark brown patina. This object has been published in Gree…
Created on: Wednesday 8th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage St. Michael', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-B37E55
Object type: PIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy and coral mount of uncertain function (most likely the head of a dress pin, see note). The object is of composite construction The lower part is hexagonal in outline with a wide central aperture containing the domed upper section of (probable) coral with a central. separate copper alloy pin. The sides of the lower part are decorated with chevrons formed of raised oval ridges with dotted lines oitlining them and some of the spaces between infilled with moulded cross hatching. At the back of the lower section is a central shallow angular recess and some iron staining indi…
Created on: Wednesday 13th August 2014
Last updated: Monday 11th July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sixpenny Handley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-E69E91
Object type: PIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Hollow gold pin head (?) now flattened and split. Covering the body of the object are small filigree circles, now missing in areas. There is a small opening where a thick wire may have been inserted to complete the pin.
Created on: Monday 28th October 2013
Last updated: Thursday 30th July 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitchurch', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-B177D4
Object type: PIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete cast copper alloy pin. The shaft is circular in cross section and tapers to the break point (from 3.12 mm to 2.49 mm) The head is disc shaped and has a concentric ridge framing a groove around a central domed projection. Below the head is a narrow ridge or collar around the shaft. Dr Kevin Leahy has suggested an Iron Age date for this pin. Date: Iron Age - 500 - 200 BC Dimensions: 41.25 mm x 7.99 mm (diameter of head) Weight: 2.2 g
Created on: Monday 10th January 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 29th May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bradford Peverell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-9399F3
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Roman copper alloy pin, probably a hairpin. The head is slightly flattened, which may indicate that it originally had a decorative finial, now missing. The object is in fair condition, is 69mm long, 4mm thick and weighs 4.2g.
Created on: Tuesday 9th November 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 9th November 2010
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Record ID: SOM-1E8411
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Roman copper alloy pin. The remaining stem is slightly curved. It bends abruptly at the top before joining a ring shaped head, leading this to project forward slightly. The head has four sub-oval indentations arranged at regular intervals around one face. The metal has a shiny green patina and survives in good condition. The object is complete apart from a missing section at the base of the stem. It is fairly similar in design, if not in decoration, to those shown in fig.10 of 'Roman metal hair pins from Southern Britain' (Cool 1990). Cool (ibid., p.165) attributes a fou…
Created on: Thursday 16th September 2010
Last updated: Thursday 16th September 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Castleton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-7F9521
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy pin of probable Roman date. It has a biconical head (max. dia.: 11.2mm), with a groove below at the junction with the shank. The shaft below the groove is slightly expanded/everted (Dia.: 4.7mm). The shaft is circular in cross-section with a central swelling (Th.: 4.0mm). The tip has been bent to one side, first shallowly, then through ninety degrees. As Geake (2001, 39) notes, both Roman and Middle Saxon pins can have swellings on their shafts and can be bent; they are therefore difficult to tell apart. Although early-medieval pins often have collars the…
Created on: Friday 26th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: DOR-F420E0
Object type: PIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy gilt dress pin with spherical head. The head is hollow and divided into two hemispheres by a transverse band. Each hemisphere is decorated with three circlets in filigree (each containing three smaller circlets arranged as a trefoil)and with a smaller circle of filigree between them. There are small copper alloy, circular knops in above each of these three smaller circlets as well as a larger knop at the top of the head. There is a circular hole in the underside of the head, which accomodates the thin copper alloy pin shaft. The pin is broken after about 1 cm length. The…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd April 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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