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Record ID: NMS-ADCA16
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Rectangular Carolingian-style silver mount, partly gilded and inlaid with niello, and decorated with Carolingian-style plant ornament. The front of the mount, which has high, curved sides, is decorated in relief, the higher-relief sections of the design inlaid with niello and the lower-relief sections gilded. The selective gilding appears to be deliberate, rather than the result of wear on the higher relief elements of the design. The design is centred around an X-shaped cross in high relief, with the arms curving inwards to form two back-to-back C shapes (when the mount …
Created on: Tuesday 2nd April 2013
Last updated: Friday 13th September 2019
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Record ID: NMS-183C7E
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Bronze Age penannular ring fragment, or 'ring money'. Sub-oval-section, slightly flattened on the upper and lower face, with a copper alloy core and outer banded gold sheath. The banding appears lighter with an almost silvery colour on the outer face and a darker, slightly blackened appearance on the inner face. Broken at both ends with possible traces of having been cut or chopped. The exposed copper alloy surface is fairly corroded, suggesting ancient breaks. See NMS-5D0C86 for a similar complete example. Weight 5.7g. Width 8.5mm. Surviving diameter 17.5mm.
Created on: Thursday 10th March 2016
Last updated: Monday 9th September 2019
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Record ID: NMS-AAF500
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy strap clasp. Rectangular plate, folded widthways with single rivet at attachment edge. Sheet frame with separate inserted bar, rectangular folding end with c-sectioned mount secured by a single rivet. There is a line of rockerarm engraved on the folding end parallel with the mount. The frame is folded back over the plate and stuck with corrosion. Frame 13 x 15mm. Plate 11 x 18mm. 13th - 14th century.
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
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Record ID: NMS-5ED76A
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy folding strap clasp. Rectangular frame with concave sides with transverse ridges at either end. Folding end, recessed for frame, with separate riveted transverse bar mount. Rectangular plate folded widthways, recessed slightly for frame, with single rivet at attachment edge. Frame 15 x 18mm. Plate 29 x 15mm. 13th - 15th century.
Created on: Wednesday 25th November 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
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Record ID: NMS-2E25A1
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post-medieval copper alloy hooked mount from sword belt. Collared and lobed pierced terminal with iron corrosion on the front and back, faceted domed plate, waisted at one end with copper alloy rivet before springing of broken rearward facing hook. Length at least 47mm. Width 20mm. See Read (2008, 226, no.813). Circa 17th century.
Created on: Thursday 19th June 2014
Last updated: Monday 2nd September 2019
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Record ID: NMS-F887DD
Object type: BELL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tiny fragment from the edge of the slot in the base of a bell with worn cast decoration. 16th - 18th century.
Created on: Thursday 16th October 2014
Last updated: Thursday 29th August 2019
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Record ID: NMS-A39651
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Lower Palaeolithic pointed ovate handaxe of Wymer's type E, unifacially and invasively knapped from a thermal or "potlid" fractured piece of white patinated flint, the dorsal (worked) face is patinated with a white "basket weave" with the original brown flint colour showing in-between, there is a small patch of worn and orange stained cortex where the flakes did not overlap towards the middle of this face. This type of handaxe are quickly made from any available small piece of flint and the knapping is focused usually to produce one sharp cutting edge over any attempt at symmetry, thou…
Created on: Monday 4th July 2016
Last updated: Monday 5th August 2019
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Record ID: NMS-065376
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Roman 'Brancaster type' gold finger ring. Flattened D-sectioned band expanding smoothly to two integral transverse projections which support the separate soldered, engraved rectangular bezel, leaving a transverse rectangular aperture below. The bezel is now slightly distorted at an angle to the band. Internal diameter 13 - 15mm. External width 19mm. Height 18mm. Bezel 7 x 7mm. Weight 3.7g. 4th - early 5th century AD. The intaglio inscription, in three lines, reads (in impression) DOM/NICA/VIVA[S], translating as 'Long life to you, Domnica (or Dominica)'. The name Domnica is attested …
Created on: Monday 24th March 2014
Last updated: Monday 22nd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Fakenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-3357D5
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete copper alloy key handle, broken at springing of missing tubular shank, remains of openwork quatrefoil bow with keyhole-shaped perforations radiating from the centre, outside edge of outer foil missing (worn and broken). Measuring at least 44 x 34mm. Cf. an example from North Walsham (Norfolk HER 53877) and the very similar LANCUM-182B26.
Created on: Tuesday 20th August 2013
Last updated: Friday 19th July 2019
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Record ID: NMS-049B31
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver grosso of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), Rome, 1492-1503, adapted by the cutting out of a disc from the centre of the coin. The reason for this is uncertain; annular brooches are known which have been similarly treated but they are generally over two centuries earlier in date and have a hole drilled in the perimeter to accommodate a pin. The fashion for making annular brooches out of coins seems to have died out long before the last decade of the 15th century when this grosso was struck. It is probable that another function was intended for this large silver washer but what…
Created on: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 9th July 2019
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Record ID: NMS-018666
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post-medieval lead cloth seal. Two discs RT / TBBM / BPRM / [SV] // NO / RWI / [C]H. Diameter 20mm. The letters on the first disc are the initial letters of the surnames of the wardens of the Norwich Weavers' Company for one year between 1650 and 1705 (Egan 1994, 46-7). The year in question is 1683 (Egan 1987, 412). An identical cloth seal has been recorded from Dunton, Norfolk (HER 51659, NMS-0F2B01).
Created on: Monday 24th March 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
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Record ID: NMS-70E306
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy key. Rectangular-sectioned flat oval bow, expanded at either end with a notch above and below, before a pierced lug terminal for suspension or attachment at one end and the short circular-sectioned stem at the other. There are three transverse grooves on the stem at the join with the bow and two around the hollow terminal. Rectangular wedge-shaped bit with single cleft on front edge. There are multiple ring-and-dots on both faces of the bow, and one ring-and-dot on each face of the bit. The key is completely unworn. Total length 41mm. Bow (excluding suspension lug) 18 x 2…
Created on: Wednesday 6th March 2013
Last updated: Friday 7th June 2019
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Record ID: NMS-D18CC1
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The hoard has been fully published (Behr and Pestell 2014) and a summary can be found at https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/the-binham-hoard Silver sheet, probably an equal-armed brooch or perhaps a mount. The curved bow is flat-backed with raised edges on the front face and otherwise plain, straight sided except at either end where it flares sharply before originally wide triangular terminals at either end, three corners of which are missing, the fourth detached and held in place by a small piece of clear plastic tape. There are stamps consisting of two concentric rings around th…
Created on: Thursday 2nd October 2014
Last updated: Thursday 6th June 2019
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Record ID: NMS-210354
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of Late Saxon copper alloy harness link. D-sectioned projecting arm with two rectangular bosses, expanding at one end to form a broken plate. Similar to WMID-010C96 and NMS-840EB5. Surviving length 48mm. 11th century.
Created on: Friday 7th December 2012
Last updated: Monday 29th April 2019
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Record ID: NMS-EEF020
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver hollow pyramid mount, probably from a scabbard, set with slightly damaged square garnet on flat top. No evidence for the garnet being set on foil can be seen. The surface is rough and abraded. Two opposing faces decorated with a groove around the edge within which are a pair of possible Style I legs, the toes facing towards each other. The third face is decorated with grooved border around an arch, the ends of which are scrolled outward. The fourth face is the most worn and may be another arch with scrolled ends or a trefoil knot, again within a groove around the edge. The bar a…
Created on: Thursday 15th July 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Happisburgh', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-8232E3
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of silver medieval annular brooch: less than half of D-sectioned hoop with very worn curved oblique ribs alternating with lines of pellets imitating twisted mouldings, broken at the end of the snout of a worn animal head at both ends. Weighs 0.38g. 13th century.
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2012
Last updated: Sunday 21st April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Walsoken', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-210703
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete Middle or Late Bronze Age socketed and looped spear. Broken leaf-shaped blade with rounded mid-rib expanding to form shaft before irregular break across two side-loops and base of socket. Surviving length 37mm. Width of blade 17mm. Breaks ancient. For a very similar Late Bronze Age example see Hawkes (1955, GB.6, no1).
Created on: Monday 18th February 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Methwold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-20EF30
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of Early or Middle Bronze Age copper alloy flanged or palstave axehead. Rounded butt end, parallel, convex sides, wedge-shaped with shallow flanges expanding towards a very straight, ancient break. Surviving length 33mm. Maximum measurements at break 23 x 16mm. See Early Bronze Age flanged axeheads with similar sections and butt ends from Plymstcok, Devon (Hawkes, 1955, GB.9 2(2), no.11 - 14).
Created on: Monday 18th February 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Methwold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-903910
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Two non-joining slightly molten fragments of an early Anglo-Saxon silver great square-headed or Continental bow brooch, comprising part of the bow and a similarly decorated fragment of head-plate or possible foot-plate. The upper part of the bow is divided into two panels by a prominent vertical rib with traces of opposed triangular stamps, and with a rib bordering both outer edges also with possible traces of stamped decoration. Between the ribs are broad U-shaped channels. At the upper end of the median rib is a D-shaped full-face mask, with a straight deep line across the top formi…
Created on: Wednesday 1st February 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Flitcham with Appleton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-750C07
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Two joining fragments making up nearly all of a gilded silver great square-headed brooch.The upper fragment consists of most of the headplate, the bow and a small part of the foot; the lower fragment consists of most of the rest of the foot. The headplate is missing one corner.It has an outer frame with deeply punched triangles inlaid with niello, giving a zig-zag effect in reserved silver.The niello has mineralised to a silvery colour and it is only possible to see the triangle shapes where the inlay has fallen out.Between this and a simple inner frame of a niello-inlaid groove is a …
Created on: Monday 22nd March 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Snetterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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