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Record ID: KENT-24332D
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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A near complete cast gilt copper-alloy small Kentish square-headed brooch of Early-Medieval date c. 500-575. Description: The brooch has a small square head with a central upright running bar panel, within double border cast in relief.er. There is a slight flat flange running around the outside of the head. The bow is low and formed of a double plain panel with raised edges and a central ridge. The foot is expanded tapering in outline towards the terminal forming a diamond shape with a central lozenge-shaped relief enclosing a raised pellet. In the upper angles of the foot-plate are r…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 14th June 2018
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Record ID: NLM-22CFC7
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Copper alloy possible mount fragment. A small fragment from a cast object with curvilinear interlaced elements, possibly openwork, and with an off-centre fixing hole of diameter 2.5mm - if this is not merely a further part of a decorative design. The finder kindly suggests a Saxon date, and the reddish tint of the metal is indeed characteristic of Anglo-Scandinavian metalwork from the region. Its partial survival may tend to increase a vaguely zoomorphic appearance: to this reporter, the object appears like a grazing animal inverted [not a typical choice for the Anglo-Scandinavian craf…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 14th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-D6D26D
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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A complete Post-medieval cast copper-alloy openwork zoomorphic handle from a composite iron and copper knife or other cutlery utensil dating the 17th century. Description: The handle comprises an openwork lion statant erect supporting a shield. The lion has a stylised, near humanoid face with a transversely drilled, suspension loop? drilled through where the mouth is. The head also has a long mane down its' back an openwork tail, all case in relief with much finely engraved detail over all. The lion stands on his rear legs and holds with his raised front paws an elongated shield with …
Created on: Tuesday 29th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 31st May 2018
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Record ID: NARC-56CA29
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
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An incomplete copper-alloy Handle of Medieval date (AD 1270-1350). The object is a right-angled drop handle from a vessel. The remaining arm has a rectangular shaped shaft in cross section. Extending from one end of the shaft at a right angle is a vertical arm which terminates with a dog headed terminal. The arm has a faceted sub-circular cross section. There is a freely movable attachment loop with projecting shoulders is located in the space before the zoomorphic terminal. There is an acorn knop placed at the top corner of the shaft above the point where the arm would have then ext…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
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Record ID: NLM-56B87A
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Lincolnshire
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Copper alloy possible vessel mount. Cast flat-based foot to be attached to a wooden vessel or casket. The foot is of crooked form with an integrally cast projecting spike of length 16mm and a drilled fixing hole of diameter 3.3mm adjacent to it at its upper end. The foot itself bears four nicks dividing a frontal curve, forming the paw of a triangular animal pad at the end of a narrow ankle at right angles to it. Traces of white metal plating appear on the side of the foot. The object probably depicts the paw of a lion, a zoomorphic preference which was followed from the Roman period a…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 24th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scawby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-54BC04
Object type: TUMBREL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: York
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Copper-alloy fragment from a tumbrel or folding coin balance of medieval date (c. 1300 - 1450 AD). The object is long and thin, with a convex body that is facetted on the upper side. It terminates at one end in a stylized animal head, with a rounded snout, indented circular eyes and three protruding triangular ridges that point towards the end, distinguishing the zoomorphic terminal from the central section of the fragment. The other end terminates in two rectangular spurs where the other half of the tumbrel, including the balance arm that would have been attached to an axis bar betwee…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-53F8A9
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: York
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Complete copper-alloy zoomorphic book fitting of medieval date (c. 1250 -1400 AD). The fitting has a conical body with a central circular rivet hole. A zoomorphic terminal with moulded features in the shape of what appears to be a horse, with two pointed ears and an open mouth, extends from one end of the conical body. A rectangular section extends from the other end of the conical body, ending in a D-shaped lug with central circular perforation. The rectangular section is distinguished from the conical section on the upper face by wide grooves, and the upper face of the rectangular se…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
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Record ID: NARC-43E03E
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A copper-alloy Stirrup Terminal Mount of Early Medieval date (AD 1000-1100). The object is semi-circular in plan, with one edge contained moulded decoration, that creates the form of a serrated edge of 3 lobes and a groove defining each. The lower edge of the object is concave a projects at 90 degrees along one edge, terminating in an abraded break. This could have accommodated an iron stirrup footplate. In the centre of the object is a single, circular perforation. On the upper edge of the projection is an incised inverted Y shaped groove, on both sides of the object. This gives a zoo…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
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Record ID: OXON-3F41E9
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete Iron Age silver unit of the Southern Region / Berkshire, dating to the period c.55-40 BC, 'Abingdon zoo' type. Obverse: Boar with ladder mane, right, leaping horse above. Reverse: Horse right, with smaller horse between legs and another horse upside-down above. Cf. ABC, p. 65, no. 1004.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
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Record ID: KENT-2B6938
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of cast heavily worn copper-alloy object, possibly a Stirrup Side Terminal dating to the 11th century. Description: The object survives as a short length of linear concavo-convex element, probably forming a half tube. At one end appears to be a raised collar. The patination is very bright and subsequently the objec tis a bright turquoise colour.. Measurements: 20.13mm long, 15.65mm wide 13.74mm thick and 9.19g in weight. Discussion: This may be an Early-Medieval stirrup terminal and of Anglo-Scandinavian manufacture with influences from the Ringerike and Urnes styles (Wil…
Created on: Monday 21st May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C49653
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A worn and incomplete copper alloy Roman zoomorphic bird plate brooch dating to c. 150-200AD. Description: The brooch consists of a large circular plate with projecting head and opposed slightly fanned tail. The heads and tails conceal the brooches conceals the catch plate and pin loop. The upper plate and the eyes of the bird have cast and finished champlev√© cellwork. The eyes of the bird are missing their settings, likely enamel or possibly cut glass. The cellwork on the body is formed by a wide crescent with the concave side aligned forward. The crescent cell has three triangular…
Created on: Wednesday 16th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 29th May 2018
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Record ID: GAT-C0AF01
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gwynedd
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A copper-alloy swivel strap fitting. The fitting is D shaped in plan and is primarily plain aside from two zoomorphic animal terminals which clasp, with their jaws, a central circular section bar. The section bar has a slightly off set central perforation through it. The swivel, now missing, would have been inserted through this perforation. The two zoomorphic animals may represent dog or serpents . Both heads are similar in size and form, and clasp, with open jaws, the central circular section bar. The animals' ears, sub triangular in form, are flat against the sides of their heads. …
Created on: Wednesday 16th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 24th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SH6115', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-58B35A
Object type: FURNITURE FITTING
Broad period: MODERN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy Furniture fitting of Modern date (1700-1900). The object is a curvilinear coat hook or other furniture fitting, with a heron-like bird's head terminal. The attachment end is flared with a moulded decorative folate design. The object is in two fragments, the metal is a dark brown in colour with a heavily pitted patina. Length: 87.89mm, Width: 10.56mm, Thickness: 6.68mm, Weight: 28.5g. This example has been included on the database for illustrative purposes for other similar such object. Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database:…
Created on: Friday 11th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 11th May 2018
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Record ID: NARC-579590
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cooper alloy Seal Matrix of Medieval date (AD 1250-1450). The object is circular with an integral circular lug set at the top of the inscription (12 O'clock). The inner field of the seal bares the image of a bird, possible a crow moving left looking over its right shoulder with three feathers behind. The outer field of the object retains a legible retrograde inscription. The inscription reads: +S' ABBIS: S: RADEGVND. -- ABBIS is an abbreviated form of Lat. ABBATIS ("of the abbot"). The metal is a dark green in colour with a smooth patina. Height: 36.09mm, Width: 28.58mm,…
Created on: Friday 11th May 2018
Last updated: Monday 14th May 2018
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Record ID: LVPL-2F3D4D
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unidentified lead object, possibly a mould, roughly rectangular in shape and with a central suken area. The design is situated in a sunken circle, part of which has been destroyed by damage to the main lead slab. At the centre is a curving serpent-like design with a tassel of four parts as a tail and an S shaped body, leading to a possible head. This may only be half of a two-part mould, maybe for the creation of tokens or coin-like objects. There is also the possibility this was used for impressing a design into butter.
Created on: Wednesday 9th May 2018
Last updated: Monday 14th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ellerker', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-18CE8A
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, worn and heat affected cast copper-alloy zoomorphic mount or statuette/figurine of probable Post-Medieval date c.AD 1500-1800. Description: The mount survives as the majority of one half and possible remains of the second half of a two-part zoomorphic mount or statuette representing the Christian motif of the 'Agnus Dei' or Lamb of god. The lamb is presented seated with the legs folded below the body although the leg detail is heavily worn and not clear. The lamb is also carrying a large processional cross which is bent backwards with the arms bent also. The facial and …
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C6D791
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late Roman copper alloy buckle frame. Cast zoomorphic frame of a stylised dolphin with its jaws open. The details of the dolphin such as the eye and the modelling of the body only appear on one side of the object. The reverse is flat. it is probably half of a buckle frame which had two dolphins facing each other. One of the two tail fins of the dolphin is formed in to a loop. The loop is at a right angle to the body of the dolphin. This buckle can be classified as a Hawkes and Dunning Type IIA and is typical of the so-called 'Soldiers and settlers' material of the late 4th to early …
Created on: Friday 4th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
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Record ID: LVPL-B226A8
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unidentified cast copper-alloy object, possbly a brooch or other decorative clothes fastening device. The object is zoomorphic and resembles a seated bird. The head and beak are teardrop shaped, and the eyes are represented by two raised curvilinear protrusions on either side of the head. The body is also teardrop shaped when viewed from above, and the sides are slightly raised to form the outlines of wings. Feathers are represented as parallel diagonal lines on the chisel shaped tail and on the wings, though at the back of the neck a three feather collar is depicted through relief.…
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Last updated: Monday 14th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Huntington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-B147C9
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper-alloy zoomorphic object of unknown date, probably within the range c. 43 - 1700 AD, and uncertain function, probably a mount. The object is broadly oval in shape and convex, in the shape of what appears to be a lion's head with moulded features and incised details such as eyes and mane. The object flattens slightly at the top, where a spur protrudes from the back, tapering rapidly into a blunt point. The end of the spur is worn and seems to represent a break. This spur does not seem to have been integrally cast with the rest of the object. The edges of the object are worn and a …
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 14th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Cockermouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-9CC262
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A pin of unidentified type, possibly an irish stick-pin, made of copper alloy. The object consists of a possibly zoomorphic head at one end of about 12 mm in length. This head is divided laterally by a groove that deepens towards the tip of the 'snout'. Small incisions run parallel to one another diagonally away from this groove in both directionsfrom the tip to the concave dividing point between head and shaft. The rest of the shaft then curves around in an uneven clockwise fashion. The shaft is roughly circular in cross section.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ashton', grid reference and parish protected.


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