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Record ID: NMGW-DADB4F
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval lead alloy or pewter brooch, probably of 13th to 15th century date The cast brooch is near-complete, missing the pin and part of the outside of the frame (with a length of 33.8mm, a width of 30.0mm and a weight of 4.1g). The openwork brooch frame has a sub-circular central opening (16.4mm wide and 14.8mm long) around an zoomorphic openwork frame of D-shaped section (2.4mm thick). The frame depicts an unusual scene that is difficult to interpret. Both sides comprise a standing beast, probably lions or dogs with the tails looped upwards and returning at the shoulders. The t…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 11th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-DAB2C6
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Medieval silver coin PENNY OF ÆTHELSTAN I OF EAST ANGLIA (c.827 - c.845) Obv. +EDELZTANREX; diademed bust r.; 'neck' formed by a single row of six pellets, chin and mouth by single pellets Rev. +Mo.N | MONE | T:.A in three lines, separated by horizontal lines of pellets with hooked ends, the text of the middle line inverted. (The letter 'N' appears throughout as 'H'.) Weight: 1.27g; Die-axis: 315º approx.. Portrait type, c.827-30; North 437 var., cf. BMC 5; Naismith E31.1c. The coin appears to be from the same obverse die as Naismith E31.1c (recorded and illustrated in Bri…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 11th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-DA8631
Object type: AXE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Merthyr Tydfil
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Earliest to Early Iron Age iron socketed axehead, probably of 8th to 5th century BC date The axehead is symmetrical in form and is incomplete, missing part of one face and side and is a small example (with a length of 88.6mm and a weight of 116.5g). The mouth appears to have been sub-rectangular (with a surviving external width and depth of 32mm and 27mm respectively and 3mm - 11mm thick). The socket (56mm deep) is also of rectangular or sub-rectangular form. There is a suggestion of a gentle out-turning at the mouth but no clear evidence for a collar. The sides are moderately straight…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-DA579E
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The cast brooch frame is near-complete but the pin is missing and the frame is comparatively insubstantial (with an overall length of 57.6mm, an overall width of 62.2mm and a weight of 10.6g). The oval hoop (58.8mm external width) is of flattened-oval section (3.4mm wide and 1.9mm - 2.4mm thick), widening slightly as it approaches the terminals. There is no decoration evident on the hoop but there is an impact groove near the left terminal, possibly from a hammer blow. There is a slight step from the hoop to the integral terminals extending as far as an incised border, giving the impre…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 11th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-79D21E
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a silver mount, bearing two incomplete inscriptions engraved against a recessed diagonally hatched background (?for enamel or niello). It reads null ce.. / bien in Black Letter script. There are two incomplete rivet holes, suggesting that it once formed part of a composite object. Maximum height 24.6mm; maximum width 18mm; minimum width 16.8mm; thickness 0.9mm; weight 4.04g. The object fragment has not undergone any cleaning or conservation. In terms of design and style of lettering, the mount is probably of late fifteenth-century in date. The motto app…
Created on: Friday 7th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-799430
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Flintshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a complete finger-shaped metal ingot with rounded ends of silvery-grey appearance. The underside and a slightly rounded profile, and two indents may assaying nicks. The upper surface is slightly convex, with a small area of pitting, consistent with the ingot having been cast in an open mould (stone, ceramic or earth). There is further evidence for nicking on the side of the ingot - an interventions sometimes undertaken in antiquity to test purity. Length 47.1mm; width 9.4-12.4mm; depth 6.3 - 9mm; weight: 20.01g. As simple moulds for such ingots are found on s…
Created on: Friday 7th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-673987
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
In terms of size and design, the brooch is of thirteenth- or fourteenth-century date. A number of brooches of this general type with frames decorated with niello are known to have been found in Wales. These include a brooch with similar decoration from Kidwelly Castle found during restoration work (Redknap 1994, no. 16); two silver brooches from Laugharne Burrows, Carmarthenshire, with transverse grooves inlaid with niello (ibid, Fig. 2, nos 9, 10); and one brooch frame from Glyn Tarell, Powys (TAR 2004, no. 495). The reported object is the unevenly cast silver frame from an ann…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-6719BC
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold posy ring of flattened D cross-section, and slightly mishapen. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text Fear God love me in italic script, preceded with a small rectangular hall mark with the initials AP. The ascenders on the d of the text turn to the left, ending in a small loop. The ascenders on the 'l' turn to right, ending in a small loop. These features can be seen in early eighteenth-century writing guides, such as George Shelley's Penna Volans, after ye English, French & Dutch Way, of c. 1710, and examples of business writing of about 1711 (Whalley 1980, 252-3…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-64D499
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a gold iconographic ring (weight 7.42g). It has a flat oval bezel, engraved with the images of the St Catherine holding a sword in her right hand, and a wheel (symbol of her martyrdom) protrudes from behind her left side. The hoop is decorated on the shoulders and sides with sprigs. The inside of the hoop bears the legend ·en∙boen∙eure∙ ('In Good Year') in Black Letter script, between sprigs. The rough surface of the background to the bezel suggest that this may have been enamelled, but only cleaning of this area and the decorative shoulders will confir…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-64A391
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a small post-medieval seal matrix (weight 5.25g.). The matrix is engraved with a motif of a naked male Eros with cherubic face facing forward, holding bow and arrow, shown with one wing and a quiver extending behind the back. The naked figure stands in a pasture of long vegetation. The handle tapers upwards to a circular loop with transverse perforation with apex knop, above a transverse collar. The oval matrix has a single engraved beaded border, and measures 14.6mm x 12.4mm. The height of the matrix is 19.2mm. The object, which is worn, has not undergone…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-63CDFB
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Ninety-one Roman denarii, principally of the first and second centuries A.D. As found the coins are in differing conditions, some fresh, some encrusted with corrosion products, perhaps the result of contact with vegetable matter in the form of grass which appears to have been deliberately included within the container of the coins. A detailed study must therefore await conservation of the coins. The coins were contained within the remains of a pottery vessel The latest coin in the hoard is a denarius of Marcus Aurelius, dating to his eighteenth tribunician year, or A.D. 163-4. T…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-6337C2
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Six post medieval silver coins: 1. Henry VIII (1509-47), groat, London; 2nd coinage, with privy-marks Lys (1529-32), obv./Rose (1526-9), rev. North 1797; 2.65g, unworn. 2 Elizabeth I (1558-1603), shilling, London; p.-m. Bell (1583). N.2014; 5.73g, unworn. 3 Elizabeth I, sixpence, London; p.-m. Key, dated 1595. N.2015; 2.50g, chipped. Some wear? 4 Elizabeth I, threepence, London; p.-m. Eglantine, dated 157?. N.1998; 1.37g, some wear. 5 Probably Elizabeth I, groat, p.-m.?. 0.97g, worn flat. 6 Uncertain, perhaps a 17th-century 'milled' threepence (after 1662). 0.75g, worn flat.…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3F3BBC
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
1. Long-flanged axe (Class 5) Dimensions: surviving length 118.3mm; surviving blade width 63.7mm; surviving weight 266.7g. This is a largely complete bronze flanged axe with cast flanges. The sides of the axe are straight and very slightly divergent towards the blade end and the sides curve out suddenly to a widely expanded blade with a crescentic cutting edge. The butt end is damaged, making it impossible to tell whether it was straight ended or arched. Approximately 57mm from the butt end, there is a low stopridge across both faces. The flanges, although now damaged, would have ri…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3EA2A8
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Torfaen
Workflow stage: Published Find published
1. South Wales Type socketed axe fragment Dimensions: surviving length 77.4mm; mouth dimensions 50.1 x 37.7mm (external; surviving weight 203.2g. This is a large mouth and body fragment of a ribbed socketed axe, whose blade end is entirely missing. The axe has a narrow and out-splayed mouth moulding, with three of four runner stubs visible on the upper mouth surface. The axe is rectangular in section with angled face edges. The loop is complete, descending from beneath the base of the mouth moulding. Three prominent ribs descend from the underside of the moulding on both sides, co…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3E6846
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Newport
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a silver gilt devotional cruciform pendant with large suspension loop. The cross arms end in rounded knop. The flattened central area is engraved with Hebrew on both sides. One side reads : AGLA, an acronym for the Hebrew phrase Atha Gebri Leilan Adonai, meaning 'Thou art mighty for ever, O Lord'. The other side in engraved with a cross-potent, and the letters AWDN in the inter-arm spaces (probably alpha, omega (as on the Farndon pendant cross); what looks like an O is probably a reversed D, followed by 'N' for Dominus Noster. The central roundel also has an en…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3E31B4
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The mount comprises a gold baseplate, slightly crumpled, cut to a curved tapering form with a straight wide end, to fit the recessed cell of a (now missing) gilt bronze or silver penannular or pseudo-penannular brooch. The outer face of the baseplate is decorated with a spherical blue glass bead set in a gold collar, and a pattern of S- and Z-scrolls delineated by beaded wire (filigree) and other motifs (C-scrolls with central scrolled stems) within a plain beaded wire border. To one side of the bead is a now empty rectangular collet. The overall length of the base-plate is 22.5mm;…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-39F32D
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age hoard. 1. Decorated gold strip fragment Dimensions: Maximum surviving length (bent) 38.9mm; maximum width 7.0mm; thickness approx. 0.3mm; surviving weight 2.40g. This is a highly decorated gold strip, with one surviving and slightly convex terminal, which has been carefully shaped and smoothed along its edge. A small pin perforation is located near the terminal at mid-width across the strip. The perforation is 0.4mm in diameter, centring approximately 0.7mm from the terminal edge of the strip. The perforation is not perfectly round having hexagonal facets with roun…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-F4A584
Object type: DAGGER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Bronze Age leaf-shaped, short tanged flint dagger of c. 2250 - 2000BC date The dagger is of 'Beaker Type' and is complete and comparatively small (with a length of 113.2mm, a maximum width of 40.2mm and a weight of 41.0g). The butt (with a length of 38mm) is of pointed V-shaped form. The form of the butt was likely to have been determined by a patch of rough cortex running along one edge of the butt and subsequently mirrored on the opposite side. The sides diverge (for a length of 28mm) before rounded notches on both sides (where the dagger has a width of 30.3mm) formed by pres…
Created on: Monday 1st August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 11th August 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-DBE3D3
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Gwynedd
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle to Late Bronze Age bronze rapier of Group IV and possibly of Type Appleby, variant Lakenheath (as defined by Burgess & Gerloff 1981, p. 74-6) but possibly with a reworked butt and of Penard metalworking Industry The rapier is near-complete, with some damage to the shoulders and butt (with an overall length of 328mm and a weight of 94.3g). The butt end is arched and rounded (with a width of 20.3mm and a thickness of 1.6mm) with two side notches to accommodate rivets beneath (with a depth of 3.5mm and 2.8mm, giving a minimum width of 14.3mm at 10mm beneath the top of the butt). …
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 21st September 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-DABBEA
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Rhondda Cynon Taf
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze tool, probably an adze of Acton Park 2 or Taunton Metalworking Industries of Needham's (1995) Period 5 and probably dating to c. 1500 - 1300BC. The axe is near-complete with peripheral damage but is heavily corroded and with a fragmentary butt (with a length of 164mm and a weight of 157.8g). The fractured butt has a rounded point and is thin (6mm wide and 2mm thick) but has suffered some erosion. The sides are moderately straight and divergent to the side protrusions or trunnions (giving the tool a width of 30.5mm). The corroded trunnions are rounded and of ova…
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Last updated: Thursday 16th March 2017
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