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Record ID: BH-41BFB5
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy annular brooch, probably dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1200-1400). The brooch is broadly sub-oval in shape and symmetrical, formed of a single loop that is sub-D-shaped in cross-section. Either side of the upper edge are raised opposing globular mouldings of what may be zoomorphic figures, in-between which is a short recessed bar with a notch in the centre where a pin probably attached. The shoulders of the loop widen and thicken slightly beneath the mouldings - possibly forming both creature's simplified bodies - before narrowing slightly as the …
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1BBC1C
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast copper-alloy mount or strap fitting, probably dating to the Post-Medieval period. The object is sub-rectangular in shape and cross section with slightly rounded edges. One end the plate consists of a square plate with stepped lower shoulders, just above which is a horizontal line of gilding. This extends via a narrowing to a wider rectangular plate with gently widening shoulders and a squared-off terminal. The lower part of this appears to be decorated with an inverted crescent of gilding and one or two standing figures. The underside is flat and plain with a pointed ci…
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1B109A
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A cast copper-alloy single loop D-shaped buckle frame dating to the Medieval period (c. AD 1250-1500). The frame itself is sub D-shaped in cross-section with one expanded outside edge, bevelled outside edges and a slightly narrowed strap bar. The underside is flat and plain with bevelled inside edges. The pin is missing. The buckle frame measures 36mm in length, 24mm in width and 2mm in thickness. It weighs 4.94 grams. See Whitehead 1996, Buckles 1200-1850, p. 18, no. 40 for a similar example.
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1AE0CF
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy hooked tag dating to the Early Medieval period (c. AD 600-1150). The tag consists of a flat oval plate with two circular perforations close to the upper edge. Projecting from the centre of the lower egde is a broken integral semi-circular-sectioned hook that is missing its terminal. Both faces of the plate are undecorated. It measures 13mm in diameter, 0.5mm thick and weighs 0.46 grams. The tag is of Class A, Type 2 as per Read 2008, pp. 14-19.
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-19766A
Object type: NAIL CLEANER
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete Roman cast copper-alloy nail cleaner, Baldock type, dating to the period c. AD 43-200. The nail cleaner is leaf shape and flat with rounded sloping shoulders, and is bent inwards approximately two thirds down the plate. The attachment loop projecting at one end is sub triangular in shape with a circular perforation through the centre of the plate close to the end. The terminal at the other end consists of two pointed prongs, one slightly longer than the other, that create a central notch. A very feint incised line extends around the edge of the cleaner on both sides. The nai…
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1913D1
Object type: COIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A copper-alloy rose farthing of Charles I (AD 1625-1649) dating to the period AD 1636-1644. Rose Type 2. Crescent initial mark. Mint of London. See North 1975, p. 140, no. 2291.
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-18D8BE
Object type: COIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A very worn and clipped silver sixpence of Elizabeth I (AD 1558-1603) dating to 1582. Obverse: crowned bust facing left, probably with rose behind. Reverse: shield on long cross fourchée with 1582 above. Both the obverse and reverse legends are heavily clipped. Probably Tower of London mint. The flan is bent inwards on the obverse along an axis of 12 to 6 o'clock.
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-AFDA10
Object type: FURNITURE FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy handle, probably from a piece of furniture, dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1600-1800). The handle is C-shaped with an expanded central section with collar in the centre, and narrowed bars either side. The handle is decorated with four or five linear transverse mouldings either side of the central collar on the upper and undersides. The handle had a patchy mid-green and brown patina and measures 93mm in length, a maximum of 13mm in diameter at the centre and 7mm either side, and weighs 81.9 grams. The form of this object suggests that it may we…
Created on: Thursday 1st November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-AF34CB
Object type: HARNESS MOUNT
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete Roman copper-alloy 'vulvate' or 'coffee bean' stud dating to the 2nd or 3rd century AD. The stud possesses a broadly hexagonal plate that is slightly bent in profile. In the centre of the plate is a raised central oval boss decorated with a shallow groove. The underside of the plate is flat and undecorated with an oval-shaped recess in the centre. Either end of this there is a circular sectioned attachment lug with flat circular terminals. The stud measures 30mm in length, has a maximum width of 18.5 mm, is 12mm in thickness and weighs 11.0 grams. Studs of this type have be…
Created on: Thursday 1st November 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-AED714
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete miniature copper-alloy object, possibly an axe dating from the Late Bronze Age to Roman period (c. 1200 BC - AD 400). The axe is wedge shaped and sub-rectangular in cross-section with one wedge shaped end and the other end rounded. One face is flat while the other is concaved. One of the long edges is damaged in the form of an irregular triangular notch. There are no signs of decoration but there are small patches of a black coating on one of the edges. The rest of the object has a mid-green patina. The object measures 34.5mm in length, has a maximum width of 19mm and a m…
Created on: Thursday 1st November 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-AE8E83
Object type: BELL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast copper-alloy crotal bell dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1600-1850). The bell is sub-spherical in shape with a trapezoidal shaped suspension loop at the top, underneath which is a circular perforation either side of the upper-hemisphere. A central ridge runs around the circumference dividing the upper and lower hemispheres. The lower hemisphere has a narrow rectangular slot with circular perforations wither side. The hemispheres are not decorated but the entire object is very worn. The central cavity of the bell and suspension loop are filled with deposition r…
Created on: Thursday 1st November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-AE7394
Object type: BELL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper alloy crotal bell dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1600-1850). The bell is spherical in shape with a trapezoidal shaped suspension loop at the top, underneath which is a circular perforation either side of the upper-hemisphere. A prominent central ridge runs around the circumference dividing the upper and lower hemispheres. The lower hemisphere has a narrow rectangular slot with circular perforations wither side; sections of this aperture are damaged. The upper hemisphere is plain, and the lower hemisphere is decorated with a fish scale design consist…
Created on: Thursday 1st November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1D7599
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast copper-alloy double loop trapezoidal buckle dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1620-1680). The buckle has pointed outer edges with ovoid knops on the corners of the frame and a lobed protrusion either end of the strap bar. The lobed protrusions, as well as the pointed outer edges, are decorated with scrolled decoration, and the frame with regularly spaced circular knops. There are patches of a white coating, possibly enamel, across the upper face of the frame. The tapering sub-rectangular shaped in looped around the strap bar is intact. The underside of the buckl…
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1D56C6
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast copper-alloy double loop trapezoidal buckle dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1620-1680). The buckle has pointed outer edges with ovoid knops on the corners of the frame and a lobed protrusion either end of the strap bar. The lobed protrusions, as well as the pointed outer edges, have cast scrolled decoration. The upper surface of the frame is further decorated with several regularly spaced circular knops and patches of red, white and blue enamel. The tapering sub-rectangular shaped pin looped around the strap bar is intact. The underside of the buckle is plain …
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1BFA1F
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hertfordshire
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A fragment of copper-alloy Bronze Age axe, probably of the palstave type, dating to the period 1600-1100 BC. The fragment comprises part of the splayed blade and a rectangular portion of its body still in tact. The cutting edge is flared and curved, though one of the pointed tips is damaged. The fragment is rectangular in cross-section and triangular in profile. The blade thins gradually from the break to the cutting edge, within which is a sub-rectangular shaped hollow section exposed by the break. The object measures 46mm in length, 25mm in width and 12.5mm in maximum thickness. It w…
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1B9511
Object type: FURNITURE FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy drawer handle dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1700-1800). The handle is broadly trefoil in shape and would have had a rectangular suspension loop which is now broken and missing. The pull or handle is decorated with a central moulded head, possibly of a cherub, with an extended neck connecting to a body at the base with wings either side which is surrounded by scrolls. The underside is flat and undecorated, with a square-sectioned iron rivet in the centre. The handle would have been attached to a similarly decorated escutcheon that would have a…
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1A7CC4
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast copper-alloy stirrup mount dating to the Early-Medieval/Anglo-Scandinavian period. The stirrup mount is sub-triangular in shape with a rectangular panel at the base with two circular perforations containing partially surviving iron rivets. On the reverse of the base is a projecting rectangular flange that is rounded at each end. The front face has moulded decoration in the form of a quadruped, probably a lion or similar, facing left with raised fore paw, open mouth pointing towards the apex, and curled tail above its back. There is a small patch of gilding on the animal…
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-1A088B
Object type: JETTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete copper-alloy anonymous issue Nuremberg jetton, 'ship-penny' type, dating to the Post-Medieval period (AD 1490-1550). The obverse has a fictitious legend and depicts the profile of a sailing ship bearing a central mast with stern flag on the left, bow pennant on the right and bow castle with a pennant on its pole above, with a crown initial mark above. The reverse also has a fictitious legend, with four fleurs-de-lis in a lozenge. Similar to Mitchiner 1988, p. 373, no. 1172.
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-19BC63
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete copper-alloy bead of probable Roman date (c. AD 43-410). The bead is broadly cylindrical in shape with a relatively uniform outside edge and a tapering circular perforation running through the centre from one of the flat faces to the other. The bead measures 8mm in diameter, and 6mm in length. The widest end of the central perforation is 3mm and 2mm at the thinner end. The bead weighs 0.52 grams.
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: BH-F35C1C
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Hertfordshire
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An Iron Age plated copy of a gold stater of the Catuvellauni, uncertain leader, dating to the period c. 50 BC-AD43. The obverse is very worn and possibly depicts crossed wreaths with back-to-back crescents at the centre. The reverse depicts a horse facing right with pellets above. The coin is 18mm in diameter and weighs 2.5 grams.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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