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    • Primary material: Lead Alloy

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Record ID: NMGW-DADB4F
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval lead alloy or pewter brooch, probably of 13th to 15th century date The cast brooch is near-complete, missing the pin and part of the outside of the frame (with a length of 33.8mm, a width of 30.0mm and a weight of 4.1g). The openwork brooch frame has a sub-circular central opening (16.4mm wide and 14.8mm long) around an zoomorphic openwork frame of D-shaped section (2.4mm thick). The frame depicts an unusual scene that is difficult to interpret. Both sides comprise a standing beast, probably lions or dogs with the tails looped upwards and returning at the shoulders. The t…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th December 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-191612
Object type: ANNULAR BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval lead/tin alloy, probably pewter annular brooch of 13th to 14th century date The cast brooch is near-complete, missing the pin but the frame is distorted and is now oval (31.0mm x 25.9mm, 2.6mm thick and weighing 2.0g). The frame is circular sectioned (1.7mm diameter) and is without a pin constriction or notch. The brooch is decorated with three triangular, or shield-shaped devices (7.3mm - 7.5mm long, 5.5mm wide and1.5mm thick) equidistantly placed and positioned on the top of the hoop. Each of the shield-devices is decorated with four horizontal ribs but is unlikely to be h…
Created on: Wednesday 17th June 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 17th June 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-EB4B2C
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
~~Medieval lead alloy pilgrim's badge probably of 15th or early 16th century date The badge is in the form of a letter 'B' in Lombardic script and appears to be near-complete (with a length of 22.0mm, a width of 17.4mm, a thickness of 1.0mm and a weight of 1.8g). The front face would have been flat and is now a little distorted. The letter has a straight upward bar with serifs projecting to the rear. The letter widens slightly at the curving outside end and is narrowest at the middle central bar. The face has no further decoration. The rear face is less finished and has the stubs of …
Created on: Monday 15th June 2015
Last updated: Monday 15th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off Uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-AEC0F7
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval annular brooch of pewter or lead-tin alloy and of 13th or 14th century date The brooch is near-complete, missing the lower part of the pin but is heavily-corroded (with a weight of 3.4g). The annular frame is sub-circular (with an external diameter of 24.8mm - 25.9mm, an internal diameter of 18.5 - 19.0mmmm) and is circular sectioned 2.4mm diameter). The encrusted corrosion has masked much of the decoration but a cast twisted, 'cable' motif is evident over one half of the frame and probably only on one face. No decoration is evident on the other face. There is a constriction …
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 12th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-AC4E22
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval annular brooch of pewter or lead-tin alloy and of 14th century date The brooch is near-complete, missing the tip of the pin but is heavily-corroded (with a weight of 7.9g). The annular frame is circular (with an external diameter of 29.9mm - 30.2mm, an internal diameter of 18.5mm) and is rectangular sectioned (3.1mm - 3.8mm thick). The encrusted corrosion has masked the decoration although an outside border is evident, inside of which are repeating semi-circular or D-shaped arcs on one face. No decoration is evident on the reverse face. There is a constriction for the pin on…
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 12th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-05653F
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post medieval lead alloy button of 16th century date The cast button is of solid form with an integral looped shank and is complete but the shank is distorted (with a distorted length of 12.5mm and a weight of 4.4g). The loop is at the end of a short shank (3.3mm diameter) and has an oval aperture (4.2mm long and 2.9mm wide). The button head is circular and domed (2.1mm diameter and 5.6mm deep) and is decorated with cast radiating ribs and central pellet. The mouldings are worn around the apex.
Created on: Friday 27th February 2015
Last updated: Friday 27th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-F309B5
Object type: CHAPE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late medieval to early post medieval lead alloy chape probably of late 15th to early 16th century date The chape is near-complete with some peripheral damage to the attachment end (with a length of 31.0mm and a weight of 5.9g). The mouth is D-shaped (with a width of 13.0mm, a depth of 11.2mm and a socket depth of 17.8mm) and the sides are straight and convergent to the base. Along each side, near the base are two D-shaped protruding lugs, the lower being slightly longer than the upper. A further pair of lugs are present at the centre of the rounded face. At the base is a solid el…
Created on: Thursday 26th February 2015
Last updated: Thursday 26th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-DFA767
Object type: CUFF LINK
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post medieval lead/tin alloy cufflinks of 17th or 18th century date There are three cufflinks represented by three separate studs, all missing the connecting links A single cast stud is circular and flat (with a diameter of 15.7mm, a thickness of 1.6mm and a weight of 1.4g). The face has a raise border within which is a crown above two hearts. The rear of the stud has an integral, central pierced lug (giving a depth of 4.5mm) and a casting seam is evident flanking the loop. The disc faces are heavily-corroded and pale-grey. The motif is thought to have originally commemorat…
Created on: Wednesday 25th February 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 25th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-FA557F
Object type: WHISTLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rhondda Cynon Taf
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post medieval lead-tin alloy (pewter) whistle of 18th century date The whistle is near-complete, with some peripheral damage to the mouth-piece (with a length of 39.5mm and a weight of 7.0g). The whistle comprises three parts, with the curved plate soldered to underside of the mouth-piece and end section joined at an expanded sleeve (with a diameter of 14.2mm). The casting seams are clearly discernible on both sections and there is no cast decoration. There is a D-shaped sound-hole (8.4mm wide and 4.0mm long). At the terminal is a suspension loop (5.0mm diameter and 2.7mm internal di…
Created on: Monday 2nd February 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-B7CA69
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wrexham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Roman lead alloy bow brooch of Colchester derivative Polden Hill (flat wing ends type, hinged pin, West Midlands) and of 1st or 2nd century AD date.The brooch is incomplete, missing the leg, catch-plate and pin (with a surviving length of 36.6mm, a surviving depth of 13.5mm and a weight of 24.3g). The missing pin was hinged within, closed tubular wings (with a width of 25.1mm) around a non-ferrous axis bar, possibly copper alloy. There is a discernible line where the wing seams meet. The ends of the wings are expanded (with a diameter of 8.7mm, compared to 6.3mm). There are subtle curv…
Created on: Friday 30th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 11th February 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-0FB50B
Object type: WHISTLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post medieval lead-tin alloy (pewter) whistle of 18th century date The whistle is incomplete, missing the mouth-piece section (with a surviving length of 26.9mm and a weight of 4.0g). The fragment comprises two joined parts, joined at an expanded sleeve (with a diameter of 13.8mm). The casting seams are clearly discernible on both sections. The D-shaped sound-hole survives and is enhanced with cast decoration comprising a pellet border and floral scrolls. At the terminal is a suspension loop at the end of a slender neck (10.0mm long and 2.4mm minimum diameter). The surface has a …
Created on: Thursday 22nd January 2015
Last updated: Thursday 22nd January 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-049505
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The button is incomplete, missing the loop (with a surviving depth of 4.6mm and a weight of 5.0g) and is of circular, flat form (with a diameter of 18.4mm - 18.9mm and a thickness of 2.9mm) with integral cast loop, now lost. The rear of the button is flat with the stubs from the missing loop. The face is decorated with a moulded geometric ornament comprising a raised border four convex arcs. Within the arcs, adjacent to the edge is moulded hatching. The central area is without decoration. The surface has a pale-grey patina.
Created on: Thursday 4th December 2014
Last updated: Thursday 4th December 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-46D749
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead-tin alloy, possibly a fragmentary medieval pilgrim's badge The possible badge is fragmentary (with a surviving length of 19.9mm and a weight of 5.6g). The base of the fragment appears to thin to the break, possibly suggesting a step. There is a convex moulding near the base, above which there are two lateral grooves suggesting a band. The sides are straight and convergent towards the base (with a maximum width of 17.0mm). The fragment is of D-shaped section (with a maximum thickness of 5.0mm), enhanced with a central vertical rib and flanking smaller ribs now worn and corroded…
Created on: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 25th November 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-2B27A1
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Medieval lead alloy purse bar, c. 15th or 16th century The purse bar is complete with a length of 53.6mm and a weight of 7.1g. The terminals were pointed with a flange before a recess to secure the missing frame. The bars are of sub-rectangular section with attachment plates beneath. The bar widens (to 10.1mm) and thins (to 3.6mm) at the centre to accommodate a perforation (3.0mm diameter), through which the loop would have passed. No decoration is evident on the purse bar. The surface is poorly preserved and has a mid-grey colour.
Created on: Wednesday 13th February 2008
Last updated: Thursday 29th December 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-75BE21
Object type: PIPE (SMOKING)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post medieval lead alloy smoking pipe or possibly a candle snuffer, probably of 18th century date The pipe has an overall length of 44.3mm and has a weight of 25.5g. The mouth of the piece is distorted and is now oval with an external length of 23.7mm and a width of 15.7mm (13.9 x 9.4mm internal). The mouth has moulded decoration comprising short vertical ribs. The outside of the bowl has four decorative horns and there is a single larger horn between the bowl and stem. The pipe would have been fitted with an organic or clay stem after a double-ribbed moulding. It is now unclear what…
Created on: Wednesday 25th July 2007
Last updated: Friday 28th February 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-98B732
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval lead alloy personal seal matrix, probably of 14th century date. The matrix is circular and had a pierced lug on the reverse, now broken. Beneath the lug is a central raised rib, flanked by two U-shaped tendrils, forming a fleur-de-lis motif. The seal die has some damage, and much of the edge has been lost. The central device on the die depicts an eight petalled flower with rounded ends. The surrounding inscription is difficult to discern, but may read: * S’ WALT’ FIL ...PEITH (?) (Seal of Walter, son of ...peith)
Created on: Tuesday 30th March 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-312093
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy strap hooked fitting of early Post Medieval date, and probably dating from the late 16th or early 17th century. The mount is likely to have been associated with a sword belt and is gently convex in profile. The rear has two integral rivets for attachment to the strap. The front is crudely decorated with cast ornament consisting of a raised border around a circular panel and two irregular openings flanking a raised ‘V’ at the base. The hook is outward-turning and is of circular section.
Created on: Thursday 25th March 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-716F17
Object type: WHISTLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast lead-alloy whistle in the shape of a pipe bowl, probably late 19th century in date. The pipe bowl is similar to clay pipe examples and is decorated with moulded decoration consisting of joined semicircles and small raised knops. The base of the bowl ends in a pointed spike. Casting flashes are prominent on both sides. Iron corrosion is evident on the rim, suggesting an iron collar. The beginning of the stem is intact, and it is unclear if the stem was also made of a lead alloy, ceramic or other material. See NARC-6E7E81 for a similar example. Further information on this artefa…
Created on: Friday 28th November 2003
Last updated: Friday 2nd May 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMGW-B59A54
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Heavily corroded cast lead alloy finger ring, probably of Late Medieval date, c. 15th or 16th century. The internal diameter of the ring is large, suggesting the ring may have been worn over a glove. The hoop appears to be of D-shaped section and expands towards the bezel. The shoulders have two raised moulded ribs, leading to a circular moulded bezel containing a design, appearing to depict a crowned letter ‘W’.
Created on: Wednesday 19th November 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-2619B6
Object type: SPOON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Recorded at the Hidden Treasure Finds Day at National Museums & Galleries of Wales. Spoon-handle of lead alloy or pewter of Post Medieval date, probably dating to the 17th or early 18th century. The spoon has corroded, but would have had a rounded expanded terminal and is flat. The front of the spoon carries cast ornament depicting a crowned head above a vine scroll along the stem of the spoon. The rear has a cast cross, before the letter ‘W’.
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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