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Record ID: NMGW-DA8631
Object type: AXE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Merthyr Tydfil
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Earliest to Early Iron Age iron socketed axehead, probably of 8th to 5th century BC date The axehead is symmetrical in form and is incomplete, missing part of one face and side and is a small example (with a length of 88.6mm and a weight of 116.5g). The mouth appears to have been sub-rectangular (with a surviving external width and depth of 32mm and 27mm respectively and 3mm - 11mm thick). The socket (56mm deep) is also of rectangular or sub-rectangular form. There is a suggestion of a gentle out-turning at the mouth but no clear evidence for a collar. The sides are moderately straig…
Created on: Friday 11th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-4A683C
Object type: PISTOL
Broad period: MODERN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Modern wood and ferrous pistol of 19th century date The pistol was of percussion type with folding trigger and is complete (with an overall length of 160mm and a weight of 241.2g). The pistol was made by Freeman of London and is of 12mm (0.5 inch) calibre. The barrel is ferrous (with a length of 58mm and an external diameter of 18 - 19mm). The stock has incised geometric decoration around a diagonal oval containing the maker's name. The wooden handle is rectangular sectioned and has a rounded butt. The underside of the stock also has incised floral decoration. The trigger is curren…
Created on: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 4th May 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-B8D218
Object type: BUCKET
County: Cardiff
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron vessel escutcheon of uncertain date The escutcheon is near-complete and comprises a plate and integral loop, and has an overall surviving length of 101.4mm and weighs 55.0g. The plate gradually thins towards its base (2.5mm – 6.9mm) and has a convex profile suggesting it was attached to curved vessel, such as a cauldron. The plate may originally have had a lozenge shape and a rounded break at the base may suggest an attachment rivet hole. Another sub-square protrusion near the shoulder suggests another attachment rivet. The rivet on the opposing shoulder has been lost. The loo…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd January 2008
Last updated: Thursday 19th December 2013
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Record ID: NMGW-405301
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Iron Age iron bow brooch, possibly of La Tène III type and dated to the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD The brooch is incomplete and is missing the leg and pin, with a surviving length of 37.28mm and a weight of 5.2g. The brooch was of a one-piece construction and made of iron rod of circular section. The spring has four coils with an internal chord (4.3mm diameter), passing beneath the head. The head has a width of 14.61mm. The bow curves gently from the head and is straight along the mid bow. The bow has a maximum surviving diameter of 5.40mm.
Created on: Tuesday 29th August 2006
Last updated: Thursday 14th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-9928A6
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval iron spearhead, probably of 13th or 14th century date The spearhead is near complete, missing only a small part of the socket base and has an overall length of 279mm. The socket is circular, becoming flat at the neck with an external diameter of 22.2mm (19.6mm internal). Slight damage near the base of the socket may have occurred around a single nail hole. The seam of the socket is open near the bottom and gradually converges, and is closed 75mm from the base. The socket has an internal depth of 91.5mm. The sides of the socket are straight and converge towards the blade. The …
Created on: Tuesday 16th May 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-EDCD27
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Forged iron arrowhead of Medieval date, probably of 11th to 14th century date. The arrowhead is near complete, but has lost the tip and has a surviving height of 53.6mm. The arrowhead is socketed and has some damage around the socket rim, which has an external diameter of 12.7mm (9.7mm internal). The blade is leaf-shaped and has a maximum width of 17.6mm. The arrowhead is corroded and has been recently coated in a thick varnish. The arrowhead has a current weight of 10.4g. Jessop (1997, p 2-3) has highlighted the problems of ascribing function to arrowheads, beyond that of either hunti…
Created on: Friday 26th August 2005
Last updated: Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-F497C2
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Roman iron bow brooch, of Dolphin or Polden Hill type and dating to the 1st century AD. The brooch has corroded and none of the surface detail is now discernible. One of the wings survive, but it is unclear whether the wings terminated with plates (Polden Hill) or remained open (Dolphin). At the top of the head there is a forward facing claw to tension the missing spring. The head projects slightly before the characteristic dolphin shape of the bow. The bow is of circular section and the foot of the bow has the remnants of the corroded catch-plate.
Created on: Wednesday 10th September 2003
Last updated: Monday 11th February 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-E9F623
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The object comprises the hilt and upper blade of an iron sword (overall length 235mm). The surviving blade length below the lower guard is 109mm; the blade is straight and two-edged, with a width of 52mm at top, tapering to 47mm at the break. To judge from the other blades (80-95cm long: Evison 1967, 189, Appendix), about 75% of its original length is missing. The blade profile cannot, therefore, help determine the form and date, which is reliant on the guard and pommel. The pommel is constructed in two sections, the upper pommel cap being of broad flat, trilobate form. It is fa…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-663F01
Object type: CANNON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cardiff
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The gun is cast in iron, with an overall length (muzzle to cascabel button) of 2.8m. The first reinforce bears the raised inscription: ALIT LIBERT And the 2nd reinforce the raised legend: RAMUS AU CREUSOT LAN.2. The left trunnion is incised P over 2486 for the weight; the right trunnion was corroded, but appeared to bear a founders mark or a number. The touch hole has a priming trough, and recess on the reinforce for a firing mechanism. When found, the gun was embedded at about 10? from vertical, cascabel down, in a bed of mortar above fine silts. Only the muzzle end of th…
Created on: Thursday 17th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-2A73A3
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron knife consisting of a blade and tang. The blade has a triangular cross-section and the back is parallel to the blade near the handle and is angled near the point, of Ottaway & Rogers’ (2002) form A1. The tang is of rectangular cross-section with the bottom edge in line with the blade edge. The top edge is stepped to the back of the blade.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-F43792
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron arrowhead, probably of Medieval date. The arrowhead is socketed, and narrows as it approaches the blade. The blade would have had upward sloping shoulders, as evidenced by the more intact side. This arrowhead corresponds to the ‘multi-purpose forms’ used for both hunting and warfare identified by Jessop (1996).
Created on: Tuesday 17th June 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-108701
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Relatively slight, complete but damaged forged iron woodman's axehead. The axehead has a crescentic cutting edge, possibly worn at the top of the blade edge. The axe blade diverges to the cutting edge. The shaft-hole would have been tear shaped, but is now torn and distorted on one side. The rear of the axehead has a flat rectangular platform, which would have been used as a hammer.
Created on: Tuesday 13th May 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW3257
Object type: AXE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of a probable iron axe, with an oval eye set within a notably wide expansion. Half of the eye, the poll and the end of the blade are missing. The front face of the surviving part of the blade is straight, while the rear, although initially straight, begins to curve back, presumably to form a wide cutting edge. Unfortunately, the loss of the front of the blade prevents confirmation of this suggestion. The thickness of the blade narrows towards the missing cutting edge suggesting that, when complete, the blade had a triangular longitudinal section. Surviving length 159mm, maximu…
Created on: Thursday 28th June 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW3256
Object type: HAMMER
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron hammer head, with a circular eye (diameter 22mm) set within a slight expansion of the head. The striking face, which is slightly rounded and burred, is rectangular and is balanced by a sub-rectangular cross-pane, which is also slightly burred. Length 116.5mm, maximum width 45mm, maximum thickness 33.5mm, dimensions of striking head 34mm x 34mm, dimensions of cross-pane 28mm x 29mm. The hammer head is uncertain. The form of craftsmen's tools remained constant from the late, pre-Roman Iron Age through to the early twentieth century. Consequently, unless recovered from a demonstrably…
Created on: Thursday 28th June 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW3194
Object type: NAIL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron nail, complete. Rectangular-sectioned stem tapering to a point and off-centre sub-rectangular shaped head. Length 56mm, weight 9.7 grams. Hand-made. Roman - 19th century.
Created on: Tuesday 5th June 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW3106
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of a large iron vessel (cauldron?) consisting of a separately forged leg, plano-convex in section and with a decorative outer longitudinal ridge, and part of the vessel's base. Dimensions of surviving portion of the vessel's base 96mm x 72mm, vessel thickness 6mm, length of leg 45mm, weight 276.4 grams. Although cast iron vessels of this form were used until the early twentieth century the longitudinal ridge on the leg is similar to those decorating late medieval and post-medieval copper alloy vessel legs suggesting it may be of earlier date.
Created on: Tuesday 1st May 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW391
Object type: AXE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of axe blade with a straight front face while the rear face, although straight at first, sweeps back to from a wide cutting edge. The axe blade has a triangular longitudinal section. Part of the cutting edge, most of the socket and the poll are missing and the remaining portion of the axe is heavily corroded. It is not possible to identify with the naked eye the weld line where one side of the socket is joined to the blade. An example of Manning's Type 2 (1985, 15-16, fig.3); however, it is not certain that this axe is Roman in date. The form of many iron tool types are parti…
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW392
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron rotary key with a narrowed pin, bit consisting of symmetrical clefts and a kidney-shaped bow. The circular-sectioned shank narrows through two shoulders 40-45mm from the bow. The narrowed pin is broken c.9mm from the bit. Overall length (minimum) 169mm, height of bow 56mm, width of bow c.40mm, depth of bit 27mm, width of bit 25mm, thickness of bit 6-7mm, weight 149 grams. An example of Ward Perkin's Type VIIB (1940, 141-143, fig.42). Egan has catalogued a number of fourteenth to fifteenth century parallels for this Type (1998, 115-118, nos.322-329), while Goodall has published an…
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2001
Last updated: Friday 12th September 2014
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Record ID: NMGW337
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Neath Port Talbot
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron artefact of uncertain function consisting of an incomplete tapering 'blade' with rounded shoulders connected to a thick, rectangular-sectioned tang or handle. The end of the blade is missing. Total length 267mm, maximum width of 'blade' 48mm, surviving length of 'blade' 145mm, length of tang 122mm. Heavily corroded.
Created on: Tuesday 10th April 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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