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Record ID: BH-0CC867
Object type: COIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete silver crown from the reign of Elizabeth I (AD 1533-1603), third issue, dating to AD 1601-1602. The obverse shows a crowned bust of Elizabeth I facing left with a legend reading ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIBER REGINA. The reverse depicts a square garnished shield over a long cross fourchée dividing the legend, which reads POSVI DEVM ADIVTOREM MEVM. The coin measures 42mm in diameter and weighs 28.67 grams. As North 1975, vol. 2, p. 113, no. 2012.
Created on: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-FBD78C
Object type: RAZOR
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Central Bedfordshire
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A near complete cast copper-alloy worked blade with handle, probably a razor dating to the Roman period that may have formed part of a cosmetic set. The blade is broadly flat and triangular, with an ovate, now blunt, cutting edge, straight top-edge and rounded point. From the rear of the top edge extends a circular sectioned handle with a flat trefoil terminal. The handle is decorated with a series of concentric bands formed of moulded or incised lines. The middle band features several horizontal, regularly spaced, incised lines as decoration. The trefoil terminal is punctuated with th…
Created on: Monday 17th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-FB08EE
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Bedford
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A complete cast copper-alloy Late Bronze Age socketed spear dating to the period 1150-800 BC. The spear has a leaf-shaped blade that tapers towards the tip. The blade wings are bevelled, both of which are worn and damaged in places. The blade has a circular cross-section central rib running from tip to base, and wings that gradually expand before tapering inwards to connect to the socketed shaft. The shaft, which is circular in section, increases in diameter towards the open-ended terminal and has a loop halfway along each side made of a flat rhomboidal-shaped plate that sits in line w…
Created on: Monday 17th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-A4704B
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Central Bedfordshire
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A silver cut voided short cross half penny of William II (AD 1087-1100), BMC.3, dating to the period AD 1089-1092. Obverse: facing crowned bust, possibly between two stars. Reverse: voided cross pattée with annulet in centre over a cross annilettée. Uncertain mint and moneyer. As North 1980, p. 154, no. 853 and Spink 2011, p. 142, no. 1260.
Created on: Thursday 13th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-A3BA59
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Central Bedfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy cross-on-bird brooch dating to the Late Early-Medieval period (AD 800-1100). The brooch is in the shape of a bird with a cross projecting from the centre of its back. It is mostly intact with only part of the tail and the pin on the reverse missing. The upper surface is slightly convex, while the reverse is slightly concave with the remains of an integrated hook and catch plate for holding the pin. The bird is depicted in profile facing left with a rounded head, raised circular eye and a pointed beak that bends downwards. The body and neck are stocky an…
Created on: Thursday 13th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-A2C919
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete worn copper-alloy barbarous radiate, possibly of Divus Claudius II (AD 268-270), dating to the period c. AD 275-285 (Reece period 14). CONSECRATIO reverse type depicting an altar. Mint unclear.
Created on: Thursday 13th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 19th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-A29767
Object type: BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast lead or lead-alloy badge or mount, possibly dating to the late Medieval to Post Medieval period. The uniface object is in the form of a horse and rider but is broken. The surviving part of the horse depicts its lower body, hind and upper leg. The horse is very worn but appears to have moulded decoration that may represent livery. The rider sat upright on the back of the horse is rather crudely depicted. Only the upper torso, lower body and upper legs survive. One hand, or part of the arm, appears to be placed on or by the hip. It is not clear what the rider is wearin…
Created on: Thursday 13th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-92364F
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete lead uniface token dating from the Medieval to Post Medieval period, possibly the 18th century AD. The token is disc shaped and bent slightly with damaged edges. The obverse is decorated in relief with a depiction of a crescent moon made up of a single curved line, and six 'stars' comprised of circular knops. There are some sections of relief around the circumference of the token but what they depict is unclear. The reverse of the token is plain. The token measures 20mm in diameter, 2mm thick and weighs 4.1 grams. A token with a simialr crescent and stars design from Cam…
Created on: Wednesday 12th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 19th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-8DE379
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy late Iron Age to early Roman Rosette variant Lion (leontomorphe) derivative bow brooch dating to the first century AD (c. AD 25-65). The brooch consists of the head, upper-bow and part of the lower plate. The cylindrical head (or wings) that would have encased the now missing spring and axis bar is broken, while the pin is also missing. Beneath the head is a flat, roughly square shaped plate which extends to the narrowed and raised triple-ridged bow. The subsequent lower plate is trapezoidal in plan with rounded shoulders and tapers gradually to an uneve…
Created on: Wednesday 12th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-8D6895
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete Post-Medieval copper-alloy mount dating to the seventeenth century. The mount is flat and rectangular in section with bevelled edges. The central section is trapezoidal in plan. Surmounting this is a trilobate projection with widened convex edges and pointed terminal, while the opposite terminal consists of a square shaped plate. The reverse of the mount is flat and has two centrally positioned circular-sectioned attachment lugs. The mount measures 26mm in length, has a maximum width of 9mm and is 3.5mm thick. It weighs 1.78 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 12th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-7C985D
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast cooper-alloy mount, probably a sword belt fitting, dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1500-1600). The mount is asymmetrical and flat, with a foliate outline and decoration. At one end there is a trefoil terminal with a narrowed collar underneath and a circular attachment perforation in the centre. This extends to a central triangular-shaped plate with rounded shoulders that taper inwards towards a globular terminal at the opposite end. The underside of the mount is plain and flat. The mount measures 27mm in length, 17mmin maximum width and 2mm in thickness. The c…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-7C0D5E
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast cooper-alloy hooked asymmetrical strap mount dating to the Post Medieval period (c. AD. 1600-1700). The mount has a sub-cordate plate which is D-shaped in section, with a concave upper-edge. This extends to a slightly wider collar before the D-sectioned hook with a squared-off terminal. The plate has two in situ circular-sectioned iron rivets, located centrally, one above the other, extending to the reverse. The strap fitting measures 27mm in length, has a maximum width of 12mm and a maximum thickness of 2mm. The strap fitting weighs 2.39 grams. See Read (2001, p. 30, n…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-7BF7B2
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast cooper-alloy hooked asymmetrical strap fitting dating to the Post Medieval period (c. AD. 1600-1700). The mount has a sub-cordate plate which is D-shaped in section. This extends to a slightly wider collar before the rearwood hook. The plate has two in situ circular-sectioned iron rivets, located centrally, one above the other, extending to the reverse. The hook is D-sectioned and tapers to a squared-off terminal. The strap fitting measures 29mm in length, has a maximum width of 13.5mm and a maximum thickness of 3mm. The strap fitting weighs 3.35 grams. See Read (2001, …
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-7BA446
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy trapezoidal shoe or knee buckle dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1660-1720). The frame, which is D-shape in section, has a moulded boarder line around the outer edge of each loop and moulded pin rests with engraved opposing oblique lines. There are carolled knops each side of the spindle holes. The spindle itself is missing but there are the remains of the iron pins that held in place inside the holes. The buckle measures 15.5mm in length, a maximum width of 18.1mm and a maximum thickness of 17mm. It weighs 6.7 grams. Whitehead 1996, Buckles 125…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-795F54
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete copper-alloy button dating from the Late-Medieval to Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1450-1600). The head is roughly hemispherical in form with an integral sub-rectangular in section attachment loop that extends centrally from the underside of the head. The button measures 15 mm in length and 10mm in diameter. The button weighs 3.2 grams.
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-791A1D
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy decorated plate, probably the lower section of a strap end with a split attachment, dating from the Early Medieval to the Medieval period (c. AD. 750-1100). The flat plate takes the shape of an elongated triangle in plan, and is rectangular in cross-section, tapering from one end to the other, and is bent approximately half way down at an angle of c. 45 degrees. One corner of the wider end, where the plate probably split in two, is broken, while the pointed terminal at the opposite end has a raised foot. The upper-surface of the plate is decorated with a…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-77E425
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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A complete cast lead spindle whorl dating from the Medieval to Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1200-1800). The spindle whorl is bi-conical in shape with a circular perforation (still filled with deposition residue) extending vertically through the centre. The exterior surface of the spindle whorl is very worn and pitted but appears to be decorated with regularly spaced vertical lines. The spindle whorl measures 14mm in length and a maximum of 20mm in diameter. The central perforation is 6mm in diameter. The spindle whorl weighs 23.35 grams.
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-77C267
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
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A fragment of a greyware ceramic vessel dating to the Roman period (c. AD 43 - 410). The fragment consists of a section of rim and part of the vessel body wall comprised of a mid-grey coloured fabric with occasional white inclusions throughout. The texture is hard, fine and sandy. The sherd measures 36mm in length, 13mm in width, is 8mm thick and weighs 11.3 grams. 'Greyware' describes various types of locally produced pottery that were made in many different areas of Britain. They are one of the most common types of Roman pottery in the province.
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-779FEA
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy vessel foot, probably from a cauldron or skillet, dating from the Medieval to Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1200-1700). The vessel foot is roughly trapezoidal in plan and D-shaped in cross section, and is unevenly broken at the upper-end. The upper-surface of the pot foot has moulded decoration in the form of a raised horizontal rib surmounting five wide, vertically aligned, flutes, possibly representing a cat paw. The reverse surface is slightly concaved in the centre but otherwise plain and undecorated, as is the angled underside. The pot foot measures 3…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: BH-777206
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete cast lead or lead-alloy lion headed mount, probably dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1500-1750). The mount is sub-circular in plan and sub-oval in cross-section. The very worn upper surface depicts a lion's head surrounded by a flowing mane. Many of the lion's features are abraded but its eyes, nose and mouth are distinguishable. The underside of the mount is undecorated, with the remains of 14mm long piece of iron wire in the centre. The mount measures 36mm in length, 35mm in width and is a maximum of 11mm thick. It weighs 48.2 grams. A number of similar mounts…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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