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Record ID: NARC-334515
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete silver Button of Post-Medieval date (AD 1750-1850). The object is composed of a flat circular disc with a central projecting domed boss and wire loop on the reverse. The front of the object is decorated with an engraved canine running left. The animal is formed by a series of curvilinear lines which depict the outline, fur and whiskers. There is a single line below the animal. The metal has a smooth patina. Diameter: 16.65mm, Thickness: 1.43mm, Length (of loop): 1.48mm, Weight: 2.2g.
Created on: Monday 7th January 2019
Last updated: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-50A8ED
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete copper-alloy pedestal seal matrix of medieval date, AD 1300-1400. The die of the matrix is circular with a tapering hexagonally faceted handle extending from the reverse. The handle terminates in a sub-circular loop with central perforation which would have served as a means of suspension. The die itself carries a central motif depicting a Hare facing left . A circumferential legend is present which starts with a star, P I I V E S V / PRIVE SV (meaning 'I am private') and ends with a pellet. The seal has a dark green patina with areas of brown which is probably staining from…
Created on: Thursday 27th December 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Record ID: SF-10F9A6
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy gilt mount, fitting or hasp dating to the Early Medieval period, c. 600-700 AD. The mount is rectangular in plan, one end truncated in old damage. At the complete end of the mount, it terminates in two opposed birds heads, whose beaks curl around and converge at their apex to form a small circular aperture. Behind these, the main body of the mount consists a rectangular panel bordering an intricate pattern of curving interlace designs in either Style 2 or of Style 2 derived form. Towards the back of the mount (as it survives) are two offset broken circul…
Created on: Wednesday 12th December 2018
Last updated: Thursday 10th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Exning', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-10B04D
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete copper alloy two-piece swivel fitting dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1100-1500). The piece represents the half with the swivel and consists of a sub-oval frame with zoomorphic terminals flanking a central cylindrical block. The terminals represent two hound-like beasts with their mouth's agape on either side of the block. On the underside of the block the integral cylindrical spigot extends. Spigot terminates in a worn break. The object has a mid-green patina. The object was probably part of a dog leash, or as part of a strap for hawking. Similar examples recorded…
Created on: Wednesday 12th December 2018
Last updated: Thursday 13th December 2018
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Record ID: WMID-106BAB
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Staffordshire
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A complete lead or lead alloy mount of unknown exact date. The object is in the form of a stylised fish; S-shaped in plan and oval in cross-section. The animal is curves with is face and tail facing downwards and its back arched. The face has a rounded knop on the chin and a projecting snout giving the face a dragonesque look. The animal has moulded details on all sides depicting the scales, fins and facial features. Traces of gilding adhere across much of the object. The lead has a greyish white patina. Similar objects have been recorded on the PAS database and all have given a date …
Created on: Wednesday 12th December 2018
Last updated: Thursday 13th December 2018
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Record ID: KENT-E56D67
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
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A complete cast lead or lead-alloy mount probably of post-Medieval date. Description: The mount is circular in plan with moulded relief decoration in the form of a lion's head surrounded by a mane as the rim formed of small incised radial lines. The lions nose is blunt possibly be were. The reverse is uneven with the remnants of two u-shaped iron pins or studs overlapping and embedded in it. The function of this object is unknown. The metal is a dark grey with a slight green hue .colour and is worn. Measurements: 25.43mm in diameter, 7.43 mm thick and 15.29g in weight. Discussion: A…
Created on: Monday 10th December 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th January 2019
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Record ID: OXON-55A2C7
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A near-complete cast copper strap end of the early medieval period, dating to c. AD 750-900. Thomas Class A Type 1, with zoomorphic beast snout terminal and paired rivet holes at the bifurcated end. One of the rivet holes is incomplete. The decoration on the main panel of the strap end is crude, consisting of lines of saltires down each edge with a third row off-centre, overlapping some of the external slatires. The head of the creature is poorly defined with mouldings to indicate ears (flat on head) and the snout. The reverse is flat, plain and undecorated.
Created on: Monday 3rd December 2018
Last updated: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: NLM-00C369
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
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Copper alloy brooch fragment. Cast lower bow and part of the foot of a large Early Anglo-Saxon bow brooch, either of cruciform or square-headed form. The uppermost part is straight-sided with a pair of strongly moulded transverse ribs. Below these are the markedly protruding and wide-set eyes of an anthropomorphic or zoomorphic face. The bow expands below the eyes, with paired scrolls flanking a pelta-shaped foot. Traces of circular motifs appear at the centre of the foot and in the centre of each scroll. A low longitudinal rib runs down the middle of the back. Bent and fiercely abrade…
Created on: Thursday 29th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barton upon Humber', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-EBBD19
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
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A copper alloy military buckle possibly of Hawkes and Dunning Type IIA (1961) dating to AD 350 - 450. The buckle is of the open mouthed face to face dolphin or fish type, the plate is missing. The fish appear to be holding a lozenge shape between their mouths and they have enlarged eyes formed by an incised dot and circle. Each creature has six pronounced fins along its back, below is a diagonal incised groove running from head to mid-way to the tail. From here its tail curls in on its body and appears to form another head with a small incised dot and circle forming an eye. The remnant…
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 10th December 2018
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Record ID: NLM-E99EF9
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy buckle fragment. Cast fragment from a zoomorphic buckle, as kindly identified by the finder. A little over one third of an oval loop remains, surmounted by a pair of curved projections resembling the necks and heads of addorsed horses. Smoothed by wear, probably after its breakage. Buckles of this form were considered by Hawkes and Dunning (1963) as associated with the later Roman military; Kevin Leahy has listed subsequent local examples; and Stuart Laycock has proposed a possible connection with regional later Roman forces whose identity may have related to that of pre-R…
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 29th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Blyborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-E900E5
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy probable mount of unknown exact date, though could fall between the Roman and Post Medieval periods (c. AD 43-1900). The mount is in the form of a stylised fish with forked tail and head pointing upwards and the body curved. A curled fin extends from the head towards the tail and the possible remains of a second fin can be seen on the opposite side of the head. Some detail on the face and body of the fish remains though it is very worn. The style of the object is very similar to Roman depictions of dolphin. However, there is currently still a degree of debat…
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 7th December 2018
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Record ID: KENT-E79A16
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and worn copper-alloy Anglo-Saxon strap end probably of Thomas Class A Type 1, dating to c.9th century AD. Description: The strap-end is an elongated oval shape in plan with convex sides, tapering at each end. Both ends are highly worn and the split end is no longer present at the attachment end. The zoomorphic terminal is just visible via its rounded ears about 5mm from the terminal no further decorative elements are. The object is highly worn all over and heavily corroded with patches of light green corrosion mottling with mid brown and copper. Measurements: 51.81mm l…
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Badlesmere', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-D25892
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper alloy medieval seal matrix, dating from the mid-13th-14th century. The matrix is shield-shaped in plan and flat slightly concave, except for the small neatly formed triangular suspension loop at the central point of the reverse. The matrix is pointed-oval and flat. The engraved central device depicts a gloved hand holding a bird of prey, which stands to the right (left, when printed), the jesses hanging below the glove. This is enclosed within a grooved border. When printed, the legend extends clockwise from 12 o'clock, and appears to read *S 'WILL' [FI]L DE. .…
Created on: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 25th December 2018
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Record ID: OXON-BD6C06
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete cast copper alloy zoomorphic strap end of early-medieval date. The strap end has a symmetrical interlace design in a sub-rectangular panel towards the rear end where the metal splits to form a sleeve into which the strap could be fitted and secured by way of two iron rivets, which remain intact. The front of the strap end is moulded into an animal's head, with rounded ears, a Y-shaped forehead, small indentations for eyes and a rounded snout. The eye holes may have held a decorative insert, now absent. The reverse of the strap end is plain with traces of silvering evident. T…
Created on: Monday 26th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: OXON-BC2E06
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete but worn copper alloy mount of medieval date. The mount is bar-shaped in plan with pointed terminals displaying worn zoomorphic features possibly indended to be birds' heads with downward curved beaks and bulbous eyes. In the centre of the mount is a raised boss with a square aperture. The underside of the mount is hollow. This may be one of several fittings, no direct comparision could be easily identified, it could be a knife quillion or a strap/harness/furniture fitting. Suggested date AD 1100-1400.
Created on: Monday 26th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 26th November 2018
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Record ID: WMID-581A84
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete pewter object in the form of a fish, probably dating to the Post Medieval to Modern period (c. AD 1700-1900). The object is flat and depicts the head, body and tail of a fish with moulded features depicting the face, scales and tail. The details are apparent on both faces of the object. The edges have been broken away around the face and lower part of the body. There is no evidence of form of attachment therefore it is uncertain if this object was a mount or part of a larger object. A similar object recorded on the PAS database is DUR-EB76EC. Suggestions for this example…
Created on: Wednesday 21st November 2018
Last updated: Friday 11th January 2019
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Record ID: NLM-3F000D
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy strap end. Cast zoomorphic strap end with a beast snout terminal and a bifurcated inner end of which one leaf is now lost. The object is a crude version of Thomas's Class A, but gains added interest from the incorporation of cells of enamel in a simplified version of the typical design. His Type 4 requires 'motifs and compositional arrangements peculiar to the technique', whereas the usual repertoire of zoomorphic Type A features is seen here, albeit with proportions unlike those seen in the majority of Type 1 strap ends. The tapered snout has an inner cell mirroring its f…
Created on: Tuesday 20th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 20th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winteringham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-293012
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A worn cast copper-alloy Medieval possible pommel in the form of an eagle or griffin head, . Description: The pommel is hollow and takes the form of a simplified eagle or griffin head. It has the detail of the beak, eyes and nostrils picked out in raised relief decoration, some detail of the head is also shown although no feathers are shown. The eyes are not evenly placed giving it a slightly google eyed appearance, the eyes may originally have had glass eye settings. There is a small sub-rectangular opening on the top of its head likely to allow the tang to lock it in place and a la…
Created on: Monday 19th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th January 2019
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Record ID: SF-ADE57C
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy zoomorphic stirrup side mount of Anglo-Scandinavian derivation dating to the late Early Medieval period, c. 1000-1100. In plan it is broadly rectangular and in section hemi-spherical, taking the form of a snarling animal's head with a triangular moulded brow, recessed oblique eyes and a tapered upturned snout that is prominently lipped at its base. The interior surface retains some traces of a lead-alloy solder that originally would have attached the mount to the iron side of the original stirrup. Preserved in good condition with a characteristic coarse bro…
Created on: Tuesday 13th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 7th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Framlingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-979B32
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy vessel fragment. Cast loop handle fragment from a substantial metal vessel. The handle is of gently facetted octagonal section, of diameter 7.5mm, broken at one end, and expanded as a decorative zoomorphic terminal at the other. The terminal represents a collared beast head with large triangular ears flattened against the head, a sharp step between brow and snout, with an open muzzle from which projected a narrower [diameter 5mm] continuation of the loop, now broken. A strap is represented around the muzzle, probably indicating the beast to be a hound. These details are al…
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Amcotts', grid reference and parish protected.


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