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    • Created by: Robert Webley
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    • County: Somerset
    • Primary material: Copper alloy
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    • Broad period: MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: SOM-B81C47
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A large quatrefoil cruciform mount with central boss cast in copper alloy of medieval date. The base of the mount consists of four trefoil arms, each with a rivet hole in the centre; parts of three rivets survive in situ. The edge of the base is bevelled. The arms are arranged at the cardinal points around a circular domed central boss with a stepped base and small flattened top. The surface of the boss has flattened strips and file marks suggesting that the object has been turned. The reverse of the boss is hollow. The object has a mid-green shiny patina. One of the sides of one of th…
Created on: Friday 2nd August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-30A1D6
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A complete cast copper-alloy annular brooch of medieval date. The frame is formed of a thick wire of circular cross-section which, contra the definiton of medieval brooches, has no current pin constriction. However, it has been broken as a result of old damage, possibly at a former constriction; the ends have been neatened and overlap each other by c. 4mm. The object otherwise has the module and delicacy of a brooch; it now has an internal diameter of c. 19.0mm. A pin of circular cross-section survives on the frame, its tip overhanging the edge of the frame, though with very shallow c…
Created on: Friday 12th September 2014
Last updated: Friday 12th September 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Huish Episcopi CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-315832
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A complete octagonal cast copper-alloy annular brooch with central circular aperture of medieval date. The frame is flat and rectangular in cross-section with a pin constriction at the centre of one of the sides. A thick wire pin survives in situ. It is formed of a wire bent into a loop at one end and of rectangular cross-section. It measures 40.6 by 3.5 by 1.8mm. It has been bent downwards at its centre as a result of old damage. The frame has also been bent upwards at one corner in the past. The frame is c. 7.1mm wide and c. 2.0mm thick. It is decorated on its upper surface wit…
Created on: Friday 12th September 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 17th September 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Somerton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-D5DC02
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A copper-alloy late medieval annular buckle frame with central strap bar. The outer face of one side is decorated with incised grooves, forming lobes in between. The other loop has two constrictions on the outer edge, with a lobe at either side, the area between containing multiple transverse grooves. The front is bevelled internally and externally while the back is flat. The frame measures 31.2mm long, 27.3mm wide and 3.2mm; it weighs 7.24 grams. A similar buckle is illustrated by Whitehead (2003, 46), no.266, and is dated to c.AD 1400-1500.
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 16th April 2013
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Record ID: SOM-D70CF2
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Medieval or post-medieval plain cast copper-alloy double-loop buckle frame. The frame has two oval loops with bevelled outer and inner sides on the front; the back appears flat. The strap bar is narrowed with a triangular cross-section. The pin is missing but dark orange corrosion product at the pin bar shows that it would have been of iron. It is 24.9mm long, 20.3mm wide and 2.2mm thick, it weighs 3.0 grams. It is likely that simple forms like this were in use by c.1350 (Egan and Pritchard 1993:22, 82-3, cf no.332), and they continued into the 17th century.
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 16th April 2013
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Record ID: SOM-E90C23
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Medieval cast copper-alloy buckle frame missing its plate and pin. The frame is oval with an offset and narrowed strap bar and offset outer edge recessed in the centre to take a sheet roller which survives in place. The outer edge has knops flanking the recessed centre. The upper and lower sides have a convex outer face. The frame is 19.5mm long, 4.75mm thick and 24.05mm wide and weighs 4.53 grams. Egan (2007, 95) illustrates a very similar example, no.590. He suggests (ibid:86) this type (Meols Type 11) dates to the medieval period (c.1250-1400 AD).
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2013
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Record ID: SOM-E93014
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Medieval cast copper-alloy buckle frame. The frame is broadly 'D' shaped in plan, with a protruding pointed lip for the pin in the centre of the outer edge. The lip seems to have a notched centre for the pin to rest in formed by an incised line. The frame is broadly D-shaped in section with a flattened inner side. The strap bar is slightly offset and recessed. The pin is missing. The buckle measures 17.3mm long, 20.9mm wide and 3.3mm thick; it weighs 1.89g. Similar buckles are illustrated in Egan (2007:91) e.g. no.496-497. These examples are categorised as a Meols type 4 and it is …
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2013
Last updated: Saturday 22nd October 2016
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Record ID: SOM-7FA4E5
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A damaged and incomplete medieval buckle with integral hollow box plate cast in copper alloy (15th century AD). The frame is almost entirely missing apart from a very small part of the side at the junction. At the junction of frame and plate is an oval perforation. Retained in place is a long wire pin of circular cross-section, its tip bent to one side. It has corroded to a more red colour than the box plate and was of a different alloy. A thin, waisted element connects the frame and the trapezoidal plate. The box plate is hollow to accommodate the strap which was held in place by a p…
Created on: Wednesday 24th April 2013
Last updated: Monday 26th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Elm', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-912A35
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A medieval cast copper-alloy single-looped buckle, missing its pin. The outer edge is widened and thickened, and tapers in thickness to the sides. It has slight lateral knops. There are three incised transverse grooves on the front of the outer edge in the centre, with further nicks to help define the knops. The top and bottom sides are slightly bowed in plan. The pin bar is very slightly narrowed and recessed. At the centre of its back is a prominent notch around which the pin would have looped. The frame is 16.2mm long, 13.8mm wide and 3.8mm (max.) thick, and 2.13g in weight. Gri…
Created on: Tuesday 7th May 2013
Last updated: Saturday 22nd October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chedzoy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A5BAB3
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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An incomplete medieval cast copper-alloy single looped buckle, missing both pin bar and pin. The frame is oval and angled with a possible central pin rest. The pin bar has been lost in its entireity, with the side of the buckle twisted up at one end where the pin bar would have emerged; it is assumed that the pin bar would have been off set and narrowed. The outer edge is expanded both in width and thickness. The frame has a variable mid-green colour and would appear to be plain.
Created on: Wednesday 7th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 7th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2DF11A
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A distorted and incomplete medieval copper-alloy buckle frame having lost its pin bar as a result of old damage. The frame is D-shaped in plan, and broadly rectangular in cross-section with rounded corners, but is angled. At both ends of the frame are animal heads that grip the stump of the broken narrowed pin-bar that is oval in cross-section. The animal heads are delineated by transverse, slightly obliquely set collars moulded in low relief. The heads are shown more at three quarters view to account for the fact that the back of the frame would not generally be seen. They are decora…
Created on: Friday 12th September 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Somerton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-724E75
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A medieval cast copper-alloy single looped buckle, with pin extant but broken. The frame is oval with a narrowed and offset pin bar. There are mouldings at the ends of the pin bar. The frame is rounded at the sides. The outer edge is expanded both in width and thickness. It is also convex internally, and recessed accordingly on the lower surface. The upper surface is decorated with incised lines that trace a border inside the edges. Further rounded lines meet at the centre of the outer edge and create triangles above and below. The head of a thick pin survives looped around the bar, t…
Created on: Wednesday 4th September 2013
Last updated: Saturday 22nd October 2016
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Record ID: SOM-26BF71
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A cast copper-alloy pin now independent of its frame, probably from a medieval annular buckle. It is solidly cast, with a cross-section in the shape of a rectangle with rounded corners. The oval loop is broken such that around just over half of it survives. There is a rectangular ridge at the junction of the loop and the shaft. This is decorated with four transverse incisions, creating five ridges. The pin tapers slightly to a rounded tip. The object now a dark-brown colour with much corrosion and pitting. The loop has been bent to one side, the tip slighly to the other. The size of …
Created on: Thursday 31st October 2013
Last updated: Monday 4th November 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Otterhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-DF959A
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A cast copper-alloy double-looped medieval annular buckle frame with two oblique projections on the same outer edge. The buckle is incomplete in so far as the pin is missing. The lower surface is flat and undecorated while the upper surface features moulded decoration; the frame is D-shaped in cross-section. The decoration on the frame is cabled, with transverse grooves creating ridges. The tips of the projections are recessed compared to those elements of the projections at the junction with the frame. The buckle is bent downwards at the outer edge, probably as much a product of use …
Created on: Thursday 22nd May 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-AE7196
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A large cast copper-alloy medieval/post-medieval double-looped buckle, incomplete in so far as it is missing its pin. The frame is formed of two rectangular loops with moulded rosettes at the corners. Each rosette is formed of a central pellet with a semicircular petal at each cardinal point, in the same alignment as the bars of the frame. Each petal is recessed towards its terminal. The frame is bevelled both internally and externally on the upper surface; the lower surface is flat. The pin bar is trapezoidal in cross-section. It has been bent to one side near its centre as a result …
Created on: Friday 13th June 2014
Last updated: Friday 13th June 2014
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Record ID: SOM-BD4210
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A copper-alloy medieval single-looped buckle with trapezoidal frame and folded sheet plate. The frame has slightly convex sides and rounded corners. The outer edge is narrowed at its centre to accommodate a folding sheet or roller which survives in place. The frame's bar is also narrowed and offset. The sheet plate is rectangular with slightly abraded edges. The lower half of the fold is both narrower and shorter than the upper half. They are connected an extant rivet at the attachment end. The frame end has recessed side to accommodate the frame; the gap afforded is generous. A perfo…
Created on: Friday 2nd August 2013
Last updated: Saturday 22nd October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Frome', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-8B9DE5
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A broken and incomplete medieval cast copper-alloy buckle frame missing its plate, pin and much of its frame. The frame was oval before old breaks halfway along one side and just before the outer edge respectively. The outer edge is offset and recessed in the centre to take a sheet roller with central low groove which survives in place. The outer edge has large rounded knops flanking the recessed centre. Egan (2007, 86) suggests that this type (Meols Type 11) dates to the medieval period (c. AD 1250-1400).
Created on: Monday 12th August 2013
Last updated: Saturday 22nd October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-D32860
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Medieval - post-medieval cast copper-alloy single loop buckle frame, missing its pin. The loop is oval with flattened edge acting as the pin/strap bar. The loop is D shaped in section with a flat back. All the way around the front are deeply incised, regular spaced diagonal lines creating a crude ropework. The frame is 30.1mm long and 28.3mm wide; it weighs 5.71 grams. A similar frame is illustrated by Whitehead (2003, 25), no.122 which he dates to c.1450-1550 AD
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 16th April 2013
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Record ID: SOM-802172
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Medieval buckle with elaborate openwork plate of heavily tinned copper alloy (c. 13th century AD). The frame is rectangular with a protruding lip at the centre of its outer edge with a groove to act as a pin rest. The pin itself is looped in situ around the frame but has been significantly truncated as a result of old damage. The plate is formed of a single thick sheet folded round on itself at the frame end. The lower fold is narrow compared to the upper, and far shorter, just long enough to incorporate the notched cut out for the pin while retaining integrity. The upper part of the f…
Created on: Wednesday 24th April 2013
Last updated: Friday 24th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Elm', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-212F90
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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An incomplete medieval cast copper-alloy single looped buckle, missing both pin bar and pin. The frame is oval with a thickened outer edge, angled on its lower surface, with a possible central pin rest. The pin bar has been lost with the exception of the beginnings of collars; it is assumed that the pin bar would have been off set and narrowed. As noted, the outer edge is expanded both in width and thickness. The frame has a corroded to a red/brown colour and appears plain.
Created on: Wednesday 6th August 2014
Last updated: Saturday 1st September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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