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    • Object type: BRIDLE FITTING

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Record ID: NLM-AE6D92
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy probable bridle fitting, as kindly identified by Peter Reavill. Peter comments: '... whilst looking for something else - saw this and thought ...might this not be part of a very late post med bridle bit, similar to: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/818638 [and] https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/456681' Cast loop. An oval loop with internal basal cleft meets part of a wider open loop whose ends are now broken, and also has the broken stub of a broader continuation enclosed by the larger putative loop. All elements are of a flat-sided oval s…
Created on: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Last updated: Thursday 14th March 2019
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Record ID: KENT-876D13
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy Early Medieval ( AD 10th -11th century, Anglo Saxon) horse harness, bridle fitting. Description: The object is a double ended link joining two knobbed loops, one larger (27.7mm x 5.25mm) than the other (22.39mm x 4.5mm). There is centrally placed boss on the D-shaped linking arm.. Both loop ends are incomplete, missing the outer terminal at historic breaks, the inner voids are ovoid. the fitting appears to be undecorated. the rear surface is flat, except at the boss which is concave on the back. Measurements: Length: 58.6mm, width: 10.61mm, thickness: 11.45mm, wei…
Created on: Thursday 18th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: SF-A4F907
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy Anglo-Scandinavian strap distributor or harness link dating to the late Early Medieval period, c. 1000-1100. The object consists of a central circular domed boss (recessed on its rear face) from the upper and lower edges of which project a single small sub-triangular knop, and from the lateral edges of which on each side a bar-shaped arm which is 'D' shaped in section extends before expanding into a sub-lozengiform loop with a knop at each cardinal point and a large central circular aperture. The terminal (loop) of one arm is missing in an old break, but…
Created on: Thursday 13th September 2018
Last updated: Monday 17th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bedfield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-7CA37B
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy unidentified snaffle bit fragment, as kindly identified by Walter (Jo) Ahmet. Walter comments as follows: 'This is a Victorian snaffle bit fragment is it not?'. A substantially cast sub-rectangular-section bar with rounded edges, with a U-shaped slot at the top [as illustrated], possibly a suspension loop, and constricted to achieve a round section at its other end, perhaps to engage with a socketed element of different material. The latter part is lightly indented on one side and similarly slightly expanded at the same point on its other side. A single curving integrally …
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Monday 17th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alkborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-7B04B7
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy bridle fitting. Cast bar of plano-convex section with a rounded loop studded with three equidistantly distributed knops at one end, and with a drum-shaped boss, hollow behind, flanked by larger knops at its other end. The latter may have been a medial feature from a symmetrical object whose other end is now lost. The metal has a slight reddish tinge, though the surface is possibly effected by treatment ?with oil by the finder; a reddish tinge is sometimes a feature of Anglo-Scandinavian metalwork. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 1000-1100. Length: 40.9mm, Width: 20.7mm, T…
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 30th August 2018
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Record ID: NLM-4DAF0B
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy bridle fitting. Cast plano-convex section bar with a central expansion bordered by low horizontal ridges and a pair of short side spurs, and with a flattened square panel. The object is broken at either end, probably at the springing of paired loops. The finder kindly suggests an identification as a cheek piece. Bent, by force exerted at the ends. This would probably have been used in an Anglo-Scandinavian context in Lindsey. Suggested date: Late Medieval, 1000-1100. Length: 51.2mm, Width: 20.5mm, Thickness: 6.1mm, Weight: 15.19gms
Created on: Thursday 28th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-CA6DF7
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy probable bridle fitting of medieval date, c.AD. 1000 - 1500. The fitting comprises an oval loop with integral rectangular bar and the remains of a second loop to the opposite end. Approximately one third of the loop has been lost to worn breaks and the internal edge of the complete loop displays use wear. The object is undecorated. The metal has a dark brown/green patina and is worn. The object is 43.9mm long, 20.6mm wide, 10.3mm thick and weighs 33.5g.
Created on: Tuesday 10th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
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Record ID: WMID-2E0A98
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy strap distributor, probably from a Medieval bridle (AD 1200 to AD 1500). The distributor has an oval looped attachment at each end and a larve square knop in the centre. The knop is decorated with a lozenge-shaped motif which may itself be surmounted with a cross, but this is unclear. The reverse is flat while all the front edges are rounded. The piercings of the attachment loops are slightly misshapen which may have come from use rather than the original casting. The distributor has a predominantly green patina but there are also areas with traces of gilding…
Created on: Tuesday 13th February 2018
Last updated: Monday 19th February 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-C30677
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of an early medieval, Anglo-Scandinavian, 11th century, copper alloy cheek piece from a horse harness, AD.1000-1150. The piece consists of a copper alloy ring with three small knops at cardinal points around the edge. The piece has a brown, green colour. A similar example can be found in Read 2001, No.474-476 and Also in Williams 2007 fig.6. Length: 27.39mm Width: 20.69mm Thickness: 5.18mm Weight: 5.66g
Created on: Thursday 8th February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 14th February 2018
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Record ID: KENT-E3DF87
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy late Iron Age bridle fitting or strap union c.50 BC - AD 120 Description: The object is flat and in plan is formed by two double ended geometric 's-scrolls' back to. These two 'S-scrolls' are wider at the middle, where they meet. Each 'S-scroll' arm finishes smaller inwards facing curl, although only one remains mostly intact. At the widest points of each 'S-scroll' is a circular cell that has a central hole through it. These cells likely contained either red enamel (possibly red and yellow chequerboard) or red coral, now missing. The object arms are qu…
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Saturday 2nd March 2019
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Record ID: KENT-866A5D
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Medieval/post Medieval copper alloy bridle boss probably dating to c.1450-1700. Description: The boss is circular, in plan with a domed, convex centre on one side. It has decorative concentric grooves and mouldings around a central protruding boss of 18.6mm in length, and 23.8mm in diameter. The underside is circular in plan and flat on the outside with a hollow concave central cone. There are three rivet holes on the outer edge of the boss, two of which have the rivets in-situ. The rivets are flat and take the form of a decorative internal circle with what appears to…
Created on: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-17F2CC
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, copper alloy, Iron Age bridle fitting, 100 BC- AD.100. The object is a copper alloy double looped bridle fitting for connecting two parts of a bridle bit. There are two now incomplete ovoid loops seperated by a central disc. Both the loops have broken and lost large amounts of their frame causing this central link to become disassociated from the rest of the bridle bit. More complete examples can be found on the database as BH-9EDAF7, SF4715 Length: 59.22mm Width of disc: 16.78mm Thickness of loop frame: 6.64mm Weight: 29.99g Diameter of loop: 23.61mm
Created on: Monday 14th August 2017
Last updated: Saturday 23rd September 2017
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Record ID: NLM-8C4BED
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy possible bridle fitting. Cast ring of rounded section with an integrally cast projection of oval section which projects at an angle from the side of the ring, now broken, and possibly leading towards a second loop. The ring is thinned by internal wear approximately opposite the lug. The metal has a reddish tint often associated with metalwork of the Anglo-Scandinavian period. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 1000-1100. Diameter: 27.8mm, Length (as found): 31.3mm, Band Width: 3.3mm, Band Thickness: 3.2mm, Weight: 7.16gms
Created on: Thursday 20th April 2017
Last updated: Friday 21st April 2017
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Record ID: KENT-1CE04D
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of 11th copper-alloy anglo-scandinavian bridle cheek piece (Williams type 1). Description: The object survives as an L-shaped flat fragment, partially openwork. The fragment likely represents the head and neck of a beast or a dragon. The reverse is entirely undecorated and almost entirely flat. The object is a medium green with med brown on the upper surface. Measurements: 25.55mm long, 24.26mm wide, 3.14mm thick and 4.86g in weight. Discussion: It is likely that this is a fragment is part of a Williams Type 1 cheek plate originally consisting of 'decorated with an engrav…
Created on: Monday 13th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 6th July 2018
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Record ID: SF-1F8061
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy fragment of a late Early Medieval Anglo-Scandinavian bridle fitting, dating c. 1000-1100. It consists one arm of the original object, with the central boss and opposing arm broken away in old damage. The terminal end of the arm consists a sub-triangular or sub-lozengiform projection with an internal circular aperture, from the bottom end of which the arm itself extends before tapering outwards and truncating abruptly. Preserved in fair condition with a coarse brownish patina, it survives to a length of 29.60mm, 22.41mm wide at the widest point of the te…
Created on: Friday 20th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hartest', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-CDCAD2
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy possible bridle fitting. Cast oval loop springing from a slightly expanded stem with lightly facetted sides from which project two short opposed arms, similarly angled away from the loop, and each broken at its end. An S shaped link of drawn and hammered wire is threaded through one of the loops. The base of the stem is stepped, and apparently broken across a narrower round section continuation. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1750-1850. Length: 66.8mm, Width: 49.4mm, Thickness: 9.7mm, Weight: 56.71gms
Created on: Tuesday 11th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 11th October 2016
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Record ID: NLM-E39AE2
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy and iron possible bridle fitting. Tubular object of copper alloy sheet of thickness 0.6mm with a butted seam, a flat closed end and a flared open end, which is torn. Three circumferential grooves are set towards the flat closed end. Rust suggests the copper alloy sheet sheaths an iron object whose corrosion has begun to explode the object. Suggested date: Medieval, 1100-1350. Length: 57.4mm, Diameter (at mid point): 8.6mm, Weight: 14.07gms.
Created on: Wednesday 13th April 2016
Last updated: Thursday 14th April 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scawby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-F98B17
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Iron Age to Early Roman copper alloy enamel inlaid bridle fitting, a cheekpiece, toggle or "slider". A round-sectioned bar which expands to flat terminals and at the centre swells around an oval aperture. At the centre on one face there is a row of rectangular cells, the central one of which retains some red enamel. Enamel has been lost from the other two. Near one end an elogated and slightly curving cell is filled with white enamel. On one terminal an off-centre round cell contains dull pinkish inlay. Cf. MacGregor 1976, 38, 60-1, cat. nos. 42 and 45, NLM879, NMGW-2362B2, NMGW-…
Created on: Monday 1st February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 16th March 2017
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Record ID: WILT-6C2FD8
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy early-medieval harness fitting probably of the four-way terminal type. The fitting is hemispherical in section, the terminal is lozenge shaped with a roughly oval aperture and a rounded knop on each angle. The bar itself widens towards the missing terminals. The bar has a raised circular boss which is abraded. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The fitting measures 41.2mm in length, 27. 0mm in width, and 7.77mm at its thickest point. It weighs 13.40 grams. Williams (2007) page 5-6 discusses such strap junctions and suggests they date to the 11th cen…
Created on: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Last updated: Thursday 24th March 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-1740E6
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and very worn copper-alloy strap fitting, possibly a bridle or harness fitting of later Early-Medieval date. Part of one terminal end survives, the remainder of the object missing due to old breaks. The terminal has an incomplete oval shaped aperture, to one side of which survives a small projecting globular knop. From the complete end of the terminal extends an integral bar that is rectangular in form, D-shaped in section with flat back and rounded ront face. This expands to become flattened and triangular, with a projecting triangular boss at its centre. Where the obje…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milden', grid reference and parish protected.


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