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Record ID: DOR-55D288
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An complete copper alloy arched pendant mount from a purse hanger. A bar of three arches; the two at the sides are rounded, the central one being larger and more pointed. There are pointed knops between the arches. The ends are angled from the side arches and expanded with a low collar on the underside. The mount is D-shaped in cross section. Date: Medieval - c 1400 - 1500 Dimensions: 63.23 mm x 16.71 mm x 2.33 mm Weight: 3.64 g A similar mount together which retains two bar mounts to attach it to a belt is recorded in Egan. G & Pritchard, F 1991, Dress Accessories, page 223 - …
Created on: Tuesday 26th February 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 26th March 2019
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Record ID: DOR-80912B
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A copper alloy swivelling suspension loop from a purse bar of uncertain type. The frame of the loop is oval with a D-shaped cross section. At one end is a flaring circular sectioned projection which then constricts into a broken circular sectioned shank. This would have would have attached the loop to the missing purse bar. Date: Late Medieval to early Post Medieval - c.1450-1550 Dimensions: 32.56 mm x 20.44 mm x 5.08 mm Weight: 7.64 g
Created on: Monday 4th February 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Record ID: DOR-7A46DC
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete copper alloy purse bar with loop, dating to c. 1500 - 1550. The remains of the purse bar include the two horizontal arms which would have formed the upper part of the frame and the loop and shank which now sits loose in the central block and can be removed. The remainder of the frame is now missing. The purse bar has a tapering oval shaped attached loop, this tapers into a rounded rectangular collar. The loop shank, below the collar passes through a central block. A rounded terminal rove is missing at the terminal end of the loop, which would have held the loop securely. …
Created on: Wednesday 5th December 2018
Last updated: Friday 5th April 2019
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Record ID: DOR-7287E5
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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One arm of a copper alloy purse bar dating to c.1450-1500 of Ward Perkins type A2. The bar has a thin oval cross section, it tapers to a narrow circular sectioned knop. There are traces of two integral pierced lobes on the lower edge of the arm for attachment of a leather or fabric purse, one is almost complete. Both faces of the arm show traces of decoration, possibly an inscription or blundered lettering and vertical lines of inlay (probably niello) now illegible. Reference: Saunders.P, 2012, pg.106-107, no.172, pg.134, fig.27. A similar purse bar with inscription can be seen on the …
Created on: Monday 29th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Record ID: SOM-538451
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Fragment of a Medieval to Post-Medieval cast copper alloy purse bar dating to c.AD 1450 to 1550. The fragment consists of one arm with an integral spherical terminal surviving for 29.3 mm in length to an old break. The arm is circular in cross-section and measures 5.2 mm in diameter. The terminal is spherical and decorated with six twisting grooves. It measures 11.2 mm in diameter. The piece has a green patina and small areas of superficial corrosion. The fragment measure 29.3 mm in length, 5.2 mm in diameter at the arm and 11.2 mm in diameter at the terminal. It weighs 7.38 g. Ward …
Created on: Tuesday 28th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-1A9DD6
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of copper alloy purse frame, broken at both ends. The frame is L-shaped in cross section. The upper face is slightly convex and the surface is undecorated. On the lower face there are two broken and one complete attachment or sewing holes. Date: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval - c. 1450 - 1550 Dimensions: 74.01 mm x 6.44 mm x 6.45 mm Weight: 13.08 g David Williams comments that L shaped purse frames are commonly associated with Class A1 purse bars (long bars with attached frames) and should be considered to date from c.1450 to 1550.
Created on: Friday 20th July 2018
Last updated: Monday 21st January 2019
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Record ID: DOR-E8FA49
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A copper alloy purse bar dating to c.1450-1500. One arm anmd a remnant of the central block of the bar only remain. The fragment of the central has a vertical groove which is the remnant of a central aperture. The arm, circular in cross-section, projects from the jaws of a zoomorphic moulding. Traces of double-stranded cross-hatched decoration survives on both sides as well as the top. This would have been inlaid with niello. The narrowed end of the bar is missing due to a break. A sub-rectangular plate projects from the underside of the arm. The plate has two circular attachment holes…
Created on: Wednesday 30th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 27th February 2019
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Record ID: DOR-547E80
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a copper alloy purse bar (Williams Class J). One arm of the bar remains. The arm has an oval cross section and terminates in an expanded globular writhen knop. Date: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval - c. 1400 - 1550 Dimensions: 30.42 mm x 11.48 mm Weight: 6.74 g
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Sunday 27th May 2018
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Record ID: SOM-FDCB82
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An almost complete Medieval copper alloy purse bar, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The bar consists of a central shield shaped boss, 16.7mm tall by 19.6mm wide and 14.0mm thick. A central logitudinal perforation passes through the boss to accomodate a copper alloy swivel, now lost. The boss is flanked by the arms of the purse, both integral, rectangular in cross section and thinned slightly into a central field featuring a niello inlaid inscription (see below). The thicker sections flanking the boss are not shaped into animal heads but plain. A thinner attachment plate, with three…
Created on: Thursday 30th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 27th April 2018
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Record ID: SOM-1C9C43
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A Medieval copper alloy purse bar, almost complete, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The bar has a central sub-rectangular boss, 16.7mm wide, 13.7mm long and 9.6mm thick, and decorated with a niello inlaid incised lattice pattern on one face and a double line in a zig-zag on the other. The boss has a central longitudinal perforation through which passes a copper alloy swivel, below the boss this passes through the perforation of an applied sub-hexagonal sectioned knop, above the boss the swivel expands into an ovate attachement loop, this is now bent in one direction, with a split …
Created on: Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Last updated: Monday 7th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Okeford Fitzpaine CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-1FCE91
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a copper alloy purse bar. Part of one arm of the bar only remains. The bar is circular in cross section and terminates in a globular wrythen knop. Reference: Ward Perkins Type B3 (Ward Perkins, J B, 1940 Medieval Catalogue p.167-168, fig. 52, plate XXXVII) Date: Late Medieval to early Post Medieval - c. 1450 - 1550 Dimensions: 28.01 mm x 12.88 mm Weight: 6.84 mm
Created on: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Record ID: DOR-B6FEAE
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Two fragments of copper alloy frame from a purse. The two fragments are conjoining.The frame is curving and has an 'L' shaped cross-section.The upper face of the longer side of the L-shape is decorated with stamped dots forming a pattern of crude leaf shapes, circles and lines. One terminal of the frame remains and has an angled rounded projection with a large circular aperture. There is a single pierced hole at the edge through the short side of the L-shape. Date: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval - c. 1450 - 1550 Dimensions: 77.75 mmx x8.74 mm x 4.55 mm Weight: 15.57 g A simi…
Created on: Tuesday 17th November 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 8th August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-3B9685
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A medieval or post medieval copper alloy purse bar dating to the period c. AD 1450 - 1550. It consists of a vertical bar which passes through a horizontal bar. It exhibits a vertical bar which consists of a trapezoidal loop which tapers into an ovular stem and then narrows to form a a circular cross-sectioned bar which passes through a circular perforation in the horizontal bar. The vertical bar exhibits a collar positioned just before it terminates on the underside of the horizontal bar in order to hold it in place. The vertical bar swivels freely in the hole. The horizontal bar e…
Created on: Tuesday 6th October 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 10th November 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sturminster Newton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-476B9B
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy arched pendant mount from the medieval period, a purse hanger dated c. 1350-1450 AD. The mount has three arches with the larger centre arch having a cusp within the external angle. The ends are expanded and notched for the missing hangers which would have attached the mount to the belt. In section the mount is flat with a rounded outer edge. The pendant has a dark green patina with evidence of filing at the edges. Length of mount: 49.72 mm. Width: 10.29 mm. Thickness: 2.10 mm. Weight: 2.965 g. Reference: Egan G &.Pritchard F, 19914, Dress Accessories, Plates 11…
Created on: Friday 19th December 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-2CA363
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy purse bar and suspension loop. The relatively short arms of the purse bar are broadly sub-rectangular with a rectangular cross section. The arms have a slight arch with an up-curve at the ends. They are waisted when viewed in plan with a thickened central section with a circular hole through which the attachment bar of the suspension loop passes. The terminals are plain. The underside of the bar has two sub-trapezoidal flanges projecting downwards, one from each arm. Each flange has three sub-circular holes from which the fabric purse or leather purse would…
Created on: Monday 10th October 2011
Last updated: Friday 28th September 2018
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Record ID: DOR-3D9560
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper-alloy purse bar arm. Part of the framing arm from a purse of probable type A1 or A2 (London Museum Medieval Catalogue). The arm is oval in section and gently curving. On the lower edge of the arm are two evenly spaced and integrally cast attachment lugs with small circular pierced holes. These would have been for the attachment of the fabric or leather purse. The upper face of the arm is decorated with two close set short transverse grooves to one side of one of the lugs. Date: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval - c.15th-16th centuries Dimensions: 82.16 mm
Created on: Monday 18th July 2011
Last updated: Thursday 8th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Puddletown', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-B9C484
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a cast copper alloy purse bar with niello decoration. On side bar only remains. It is broken off just before the point where it would attach to the central "boss" of the purse bar, with part of zoomorphic decoration remaining (the mouth of a stylised head). The side bar is circular in cross section and is decorated in the round with double stranded cross hatched lines of niello inlay.On the underside at the outer end of the bar is a flange with rounded corners and two circular attachment holes.At the outer end of the bar is a constriction where the arms of the purse frame would…
Created on: Tuesday 24th May 2011
Last updated: Thursday 8th November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-395CF1
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a copper alloy purse bar. The incomplete loop only remains. The loop is drop shaped with a D-shaped cross section. the sides are decorated with in cised lines comprising two transverse lines flanking four diagonal lines set vertically in two groups of two and running downwards from left to right. At the base is a slightly flared collar above the broken shank. Both have an oval cross section and are cast in one with the rest of the loop. Date: Late Medieval to early Post Medieval - c. 1450 - 1550 Dimensions: 39.45 mm x 17.77 mm x 7.25 mm Weight: 10.98 g
Created on: Wednesday 18th May 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 25th May 2011
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Record ID: PUBLIC-654242
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy purse bar dating to the late Medieval period, (circa 1450-1500AD). The object consists of a central undecorated shield-shaped boss with a central circular hole for the missing suspension loop. The two arms are sub-triangular in profile with the inner arms taking the form of devolved animal heads gripping the bar. The ends of both bars have broken off in antiquity. Both bars are angled downwards equally with no signs of stressing at the boss which suggest this may have been the intended shape, although these bars are normally straight. The object has a g
Created on: Sunday 20th March 2011
Last updated: Sunday 9th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-695791
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One arm of a late Medieval - Post Medieval cast copper alloy purse bar. The arm is slightly oval in section, 8.0 by 7.6mm and decorated with criss-crossing pairs of inlaid black neillo lines. At the inner end it narrows slightly then expands into a v-shaped rounded collar with a lobed shape above beyond which is an old break, from parallel this is probably the jaws of a debased animal head griping the bar in its mouth. At the terminal it steps in to half the diameter (4.0mm) and this projecting terminal has a seperate truncated conical knop on it which would originally have held the lo…
Created on: Friday 19th November 2010
Last updated: Friday 6th July 2018
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