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Record ID: WILT-562D8B
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy, or very debased silver, medieval long cross penny, probably a contemporary imitation of either English or Continental origin, c.1247-c.1280. The coin is in very poor condition and is extremely worn. There is a cut across the centre of the obverse and reverse. The coin is slightly bent which suggests that the cut was created by piercing through the reverse.
Created on: Thursday 15th February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th March 2018
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Record ID: LON-060815
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Medieval copper alloy sword pommel dating from AD 1250 - 1400. This pommel is a Type VIII variant wheel-shaped pommel (Ward-Perkins 1993:22) and Type I variant (Oakeshott 1964:96). The pommel is circular in plan; it has a flat band with convex faces each side. Both faces have three faint compass drawn concentric turning lines, outside of which is an inscription in punched Lombardic script. IhESV MERCI + on one side and IhESV MERC + on the other. On one side the 'I' is missing off the word MERCI due to the author not having enough space remaining between the 'E' and the c…
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th January 2018
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Record ID: KENT-F6B67E
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead-alloy object, possibly a weight of 10th-12th century date (see discussion) Description: The object is rectangular in plan and has slightly warped meaning it is no longer flat. The reverse is undecorated and entirely unfinished remaining very rough. The top face has a very worn depiction of an armed? and helmeted figure facing left. They appear to be wearing a nasal helmet with a rim of studs, the rest of the figure is harder to discern. Possibly a triangular body has a spear over one shoulder. The object is heavily patinated and worn. Measurements: 38.25mm long, 29.7…
Created on: Tuesday 24th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 25th October 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-E21F4E
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper alloy personal seal matrix dating to the Medieval period, c. 1200-1300. It is is shield shaped in plan and broadly rectangular in section, with a perforated suspension lug on the upper edge of its rear face coincident with a prominent midrib that extends to the pointed lower edge of the matrix. The seal die is ornately decorated with the engraved design of a facing male figure stood on a pedestal, with a bird of prey sat on his left arm and a curving foliate motif to his right, all of the latter inside a pelleted inner border. Around this, the insciption runs cl…
Created on: Wednesday 11th October 2017
Last updated: Friday 20th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sheldwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-BDA549
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Lead alloy weight, probably a spindle whorl dating from the 13th-15th century AD. The weight is circular in shape awith a central hole for the spindle. It is roughly rectangular in cross-section, with very worn surfaces. However, both sides are inscribed with almost floral lettering. Prof Elisabeth Okasha from University College Cork write this report on the object: Spindle whorl Examined 10 November 2017 Description The circular spindle whorl is complete and undecorated except for the texts and the enclosing margins. It measures c. 3 cm in diameter, c. 0.6 cm in thick…
Created on: Friday 15th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 20th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockermouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-1590DA
Object type: FORK (TOOL)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper alloy forked object, possibly a heretic's fork (suggested by the finder) and dating to the medieval period. The fork is double ended and symmetrical. It has two prongs or tines at either end, below which are lozenge-shaped mouldings with bevelled edges, as a form of decoration. In the centre of the fork are two joined and opposing crescents, the central pillar created by this moulding is worn which may indicate that it had a strap secured around it, possibly with an open looped strap fitting securing the strap in place. If this is a heretic's fork, the opposing …
Created on: Thursday 7th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Aston Sandford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-FB55E5
Object type: CROSSBOW
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wokingham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Medieval copper-alloy spanning hook from a crossbow. The object has a thickened hooked terminal with signs of wear at one end of a shaft which tapers to a prominent collar with a single narrow ridge on each side. On the other side of the collar is a triangular loop, now incomplete and distorted, with a flat inner face. The object has a dark green patina with a pitted surface. Spanning hooks (sometimes called draw hooks) were attached to the belt of the crossbowman and were used to draw back the bow spring while the archer was in a squatting position. Two examples of spanning …
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-5A14D0
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval book clasp, (c. 1350-1450). The clasp is made from cast copper alloy and is functionally a strap end of composite 'forked spacer' type (Egan and Pritchard, 1991, 140-146), two plates, set either side of the fork, forming a socket for the strap. Traces of the solder that secured them are present. In front of the fork is a 20.0mm diameter, hemispherical boss, its face marked by six, incised, radiating lines, linked by curved lines. Through the boss is a 3.2mm diameter hole which would have originally fitted over a pin, holding the strap in place around the book. The clasp termi…
Created on: Thursday 17th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 17th August 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-9850A9
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval copper alloy mount in the form of a disc, both faces of which appear to bear crypto-zoomorphic decoration cast in deep relief. Both faces appear similar with what appear to be a pair of animals looking back, over their own bodies, towards the centre, their eyes marked by small holes and their jaws agape, their front legs touch the inside of the frame and they appear to have crests on their heads. It is difficult to interpret their lower bodies which may be looped around. The two faces are divided by central bars on which are raised annulets. The disc bears two sockets, both c…
Created on: Tuesday 8th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: SF-74624E
Object type: CANDLE HOLDER
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An almost complete cast copper-alloy candle holder dating to the Medieval period, probably c. 1200-1400. The candle holder takes the form of a tripod, with a broadly triangular plan when viewed from above. Projecting from the central section-which demonstrates a circular aperture at its midpoint, two decorative parallel transverse grooves on each side and a domed underside, are zoomorphic elements designed to represent the head, neck and front leg of an uncertain animal (possibly a deer) which cumulatively make up the feet of the tripod. Only one of these feet is complete, with anothe…
Created on: Thursday 13th July 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scarning', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-37898D
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval seal matrix dating from the 14th century. It is complete and survives in good condition. It is cirular with a conical handle terminating in a small opening work trefoil - the suspension loop. The body is not faceted, but rather, incised with six lines suggesting facets. The matrix itself is circular with a clear, insided pattern: A central sun, between the two arms and pans of weighing scales, all above what looks like water or waves. The central sun could also be understood as a ship's rudder, perhaps, or a compass rose. The matrix appears to be inscribed with +S'ABRAM AVPOI…
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 30th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Burton-in-Kendal', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-A9D5C1
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval silver penny of Stephen (1136-1145), 'Watford type' (c.1136-45; North 873), mint: Winchester, moneyer: Alwold. Ref: North 1994: 203-6.
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th November 2017
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Record ID: GLO-455C3F
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Copper alloy circular shaped seal matrix. The central motif depicts a bearded, robed figure to the left who has his hands outstretched in prayer and is shown kneeling before the Virgin Mary to the right. Mary is shown seated and dressed in long robes with deep folds; on her head is a wimple that wraps around the side of her head from her chin to the top where it then extends down the back of her head in folds, on the top of her head is a crown with three lis. She holds the Christ child in her lap who is looking up to Mary. In between the two figures is a lis at the base and a five p…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 1st February 2018
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Record ID: KENT-44BC7A
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A composite sheet and cast metal gilt-silver medieval ship (cog) shaped object, likely an element of a larger object. Description: The object is formed from one pieces of worked sheet metal object folded in half with a cast attached at the stern. The ship is in the form of a medieval cog type ship with a large crescent shaped hull, high stern castle and high bow. The upper deck has a shallow lip along its edge which maybe gunwales. The stern castle has clear and defined crenellations. The hull itself has relief decoration on the left (port) side, perhaps meant to be defining the pl…
Created on: Thursday 11th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 1st March 2018
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Record ID: KENT-63851D
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy strap fitting or slide of possible 11th century date. Description: It is formed from a cast circular D-shaped loop with a integral decorative 'bezel' on the flat edge. The ring is ovoid in cross-section with a mostly flat interior face. The bezel takes the form of a decorative male face in relief, with large beard moustache and bushy hair, perhaps intended to look vegative. The face has a long flat nose and large round eyes with eyebrows running straight out of the line of the nose. The entire object is a dark orangey brown colour. Measurements: Hei…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Friday 10th November 2017
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Record ID: SUR-8EF3E3
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval to Medieval (perhaps c.900-1200) copper-alloy sheet metal mount with two square holes pierced through its lower part for attachment. The mount is inscribed with a facing oval shaven head above a triangle to represent the shoulders. The face has large pointed eyes with large circular pits for the pupils, a wide straight line to represent the nose, and a small dot to represent the mouth. The head has a close-cropped fringe of hair, infilled with rough cross-hatching. A circle on the hair above the forehead may represent a diadem. The upper chest, or shoulder area, is i…
Created on: Monday 27th March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 20th June 2017
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Record ID: KENT-02AD2D
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete cast silver-gilt Carolingian rein/harness connector dating from the mid-8th to 9th century AD. Description: The fitting is ovoid in plan with cast relief decoration on the front and no decoration on the reverse. The bottom half has a rim that runs around the edges creating a border for the decorative panel and has a now incomplete hook or loop integrally cast at the bottom. The top half has been split too allow the fitting of a now missing strap and the rim stops short of the split. Two silver rivets are punched through the decoration and are clearly visible through t…
Created on: Friday 24th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 25th September 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-5F11B6
Object type: MACE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wakefield
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval cast copper alloy mace head. The lower part of the head is cylindrical with a small moulding around the 22.7mm diameter socket opening. The cylinder develops into a pentagonal section along each angle of which is a 53mm long row of five, pyramidical projections, the intervening spaces being plain. At the top of the mace is a 12mm diameter hole opening into the socket. On one side of the socket cylinder is a 3mm diameter hole which would have allowed the head to be fixed to the handle. Length 79.5mm, Diameter (maximum) 30.4mm, Wall thickness 2.5mm (increasing towards top) Mass…
Created on: Monday 23rd January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-CCF8FB
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leeds
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Medieval cloisonné enamel brooch. Gilt cast copper alloy with pseudo filigree and granulation. In its centre is a 15.5mm diameter x 2.0mm high collet containing enamel/glass inlay. This consist of four, rectangular pieces of pale blue glass arranged to form a cross. Between these elements are four keystone shaped pieces of dark blue glass which may have been made up of smaller pieces or have been fragmented. In the centre of the setting is what appears to be a piece of degraded white glass. It is not possible to see walls between the cells and this brooch might be better descri…
Created on: Friday 4th November 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 29th November 2016
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Record ID: LANCUM-E40AC5
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One third groat of James V dating from 1526-1537. Second coinage. Edinburgh Mint. Type: Scottish: one third groat of James V (S 5380) Obverse description: Crowned bust right with single arched crown Obverse inscription: IACOBVS 5 DEI GRA R SCOTOR Reverse description: Arms of Scotland in a Maltese Cross Reverse inscription: OPPIDV EDINBURGI
Created on: Friday 30th September 2016
Last updated: Monday 3rd October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockermouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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