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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-6D5379
Object type: RING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver wire suspension ring. Circular-sectioned with the slightly thinner ends overlapping and wrapped around the ring in the form of a slip-knot. The ring is cracked in several places and part of the 'knot' is missing with four relatively fresh breaks. Maximum diameter of the wire 3mm. With of ring 28mm. Height of ring 28mm. Weight 3.3g. For similar examples see a copper alloy suspension ring attached to a pin or toilet article from Heacham, Norfolk (NMS-CCD5C0), attached to tweezers from Methwold, Norfolk (HER 4780, NMS-E44625), and to a Late Saxon key (KENT-998C0D). See also sim…
Created on: Saturday 14th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 8th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Norfolk', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-6D0C5B
Object type: SPOON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval silver spoon knop of seal top type. From the top down; plain disc, narrow fluted baluster, constriction, tapering fluted baluster, two plain narrow mouldings, short length of hexagonal-sectioned stem before break. The end of the stem is damaged, perhaps partially molten or miscast on one side. Length (excluding surviving stem) 23.5mm. Diameter of disc 15mm. Weight 11.8g. For a very similar example on a complete spoon see Gask (1926, 88 and pl.XIII, no.3). 16th century.
Created on: Saturday 14th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 8th June 2016
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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-EDAEB2
Object type: DRESS HOOK
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
SF4. Context 1046. Silver-gilt dress fastener. Length 13mm. Width 8mm. Weight 0.6g. Dress fastener consisting of a single piece of circular sectioned wire formed into a spiral 'figure of eight' which would have been sewn onto a garment, ending in a hook with a rounded end. The hook is applied to an incomplete decorative plate, upon which there is partly visible some filigree work. This type of dress hook is classified as a Read (2008) Class B Type 2, 3 or 4 (unknown which type as plate is incomplete; nos. 597-605). Early post-medieval. Read, B. 2008. Hooked-Clasps & Eye…
Created on: Tuesday 8th March 2016
Last updated: Monday 25th April 2016
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Record ID: NMS-55F880
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval silver button. Solid circular head, convex on the upper face, flat on the reverse with a separate soldered wire loop. No decoration survives but the upper face appears to be heavily worn. Diameter 14mm. Height 8mm. Weight 3.1g. Probably 17th - 18th century.
Created on: Tuesday 1st March 2016
Last updated: Monday 25th April 2016
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Record ID: NMS-3DB5C1
Object type: BODKIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval silver headdress pin fragment of the bodkin type. Only the upper end survives. Rectangular-sectioned with a small knop at the terminal above a circular aperture, broken across a rectangular slot. The engraved decoration within a single line border following the edge is alike on both faces and consists of (from the top down) a line around the circular aperture forming a point-down teardrop, eight dots arranged in two vertical lines of four, a point-up single line chevron, groups of three angled lines either side of the rectangular slot. Surviving length 25mm. Width 4.5mm.…
Created on: Monday 11th January 2016
Last updated: Thursday 9th June 2016
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Record ID: NMS-9F0438
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Unidentified silver frame, perhaps a mount or strap or chain distributor, now distorted. Circular openwork front-plate with a large octofoil aperture, the outer edge with multiple closely spaced notches forming a scalloped edge. A separate sheet soldered to the reverse at right-angles to the front-plate forms sides, with a scalloped rear edge, each foil with two longitudinal grooves, the foils separated by engraved lines. The front-plate is decorated with an engraved line, from which crosshatched triangles extend, point inwards, between each of the openwork foils. A re…
Created on: Monday 16th November 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd February 2016
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Record ID: NMS-8EADF3
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval gold stirrup-shaped finger ring with blue sapphire or possibly glass cabochon. D-sectioned band expanding smoothly at the shoulders to form the bezel with an oval setting. Height 25mm. Width 20.5mm. Internal diameter 18mm. Weight 2.48g. 12th - 13th century.
Created on: Thursday 22nd October 2015
Last updated: Thursday 31st March 2016
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Record ID: NMS-39110C
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Lower Palaeolithic handaxe of type D (Wymer 1968, 1999.) Hard hammer struck from a suitable flat and slightly irregular nodule of mottled grey and black flint, now unpatinated; both faces have a patch of cortex extant, one appearing as a hollow where the flake removals did not succeed in being deep enough to level the concavity. All the edges and high points of the flake scars are heavily rolled. 143.5 x 80 x 37 mm. Weight: 432g. Found on beach. Recorded and sketched by the late Tony Gregory in 1975.
Created on: Tuesday 6th October 2015
Last updated: Thursday 18th January 2018
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Record ID: NMS-178AE0
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Iron Age socketed terminal mount in the form of a bull's head. Circular-sectioned socket filled with orange stained soil perhaps from iron corrosion, with four evenly spaced rivet holes between two very fine engraved lines around the edge. One of the rivet holes is broken through and there is a ragged crack extending 11mm from the edge possibly caused by internal corrosion forcing the socket apart. The socket tapers smoothly from the opening, curving at the end to form a narrow neck before the stylised bull's head, cast in the round, with horizontal horns which bend sharply up and sli…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 29th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scarning', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-2AE576
Object type: VERVEL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver hawking vervel of ring type. D-sectioned band, flat externally and curved internally, with an engraved external inscription in roman capitals +HADLYGE • IN • SVF', probably referring to Hadleigh, Suffolk. A pair of faintly engraved guide lines are visible between the inscribed letters, and a faint X behind the initial cross. External diameter 9mm. Internal diameter 6mm. Width of band 2.5mm. Weight 0.6g. Discussion: For similar examples see: KENT-C245C7 (2007 T378), YORYM-2FB222 (2007 T183), BH-01EC33 (2007 T24) and BERK-6BD475 (2011 T461). Vervels were used in falconr…
Created on: Friday 11th September 2015
Last updated: Friday 30th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wiveton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-1A64D8
Object type: TOILET ARTICLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval silver toilet article earscoop / toothpick combination. Oval ear coop with a twisted stem with four concave sides each decorated with a median line of engraving, before a collar with five ribs formed by lines of transverse filing on each face which line up imperfectly, above which the stem is circular-sectioned and tapers to a point to form the toothpick. There are traces of gilding on the collar and twisted stem. The circular-sectioned end is now bent. Length 107mm. Diameter at collar 3mm. Weight 4.4g. For a similar example without a collar see LVPL-935524. Circa 14th …
Created on: Thursday 10th September 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 5th April 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wiveton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-9D9633
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Roman silver finger ring of Henig Type II. D-sectioned hoop expanding smoothly from the rear through the shoulders to form the slightly flattened bezel set with an oval carnelian intaglio depicting a standing figure facing (in impression) right. Hardened dirt or corrosion product fill part of the engraving. Width of bezel 8mm. Height of hoop 18mm. Width of hoop 21mm. Weight 3.9g. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Created on: Tuesday 11th August 2015
Last updated: Monday 7th December 2015
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Record ID: NMS-4C1582
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval or post-medieval silver, gilded brooch with open, slightly angled flat-sectioned frame. The upper face is decorated with filigree and pellets, with a line of twisted wire around the internal and external edges either side of a row of pellets each surrounded by an annulet of twisted wire with two small pellets between each of the larger pellets. The frame is pierced for a cast, D-sectioned pin with a double transverse moulding before the loop and recessed on the underside for the frame. External diameter 19mm. Internal diameter 10.5mm. Weight 1.0g. Very similar broo…
Created on: Friday 7th August 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Record ID: NMS-0E8E47
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval gold signet ring. The band is flat internally with three external facets, expanding smoothly through the shoulders before a flat, octagonal bezel. The bezel is deeply engraved with a beaded border around a shield bearing A lion rampant, the helm is unusually small and is crowned with a ducal coronet above which the crest comprises A boar's head couped. There is elaborate scrolled mantling to either side of the helm and shield. On the reverse of the bezel at one edge is a stamped maker's mark: F within a triangle. The hoop is now slightly distorted. Height 20mm. Width 22m…
Created on: Tuesday 4th August 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
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Record ID: NMS-782F32
Object type: BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval or post-medieval silver, gilded incomplete mount or badge in the form of a cherubic figure standing over a probable beast, serpent or dragon. The figure's right arm is raised and broken before the elbow, the left arm by its side, possibly reaching for the beast, the head inclined slightly towards the beast, the right leg broken at the knee. The left leg is unclear and may be the head of a horse the figure is riding, or a leg straddling the beast. The mount is very worn and clearly broken around much of the edge, but the details of the figures face and hair can still be s…
Created on: Tuesday 28th July 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
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Record ID: NMS-75584A
Object type: THIMBLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval silver thimble. Domed crown soldered to angled sides now partly separated, squashed, cracked and missing part of the lower edge. A border around the base is defined by a pair of engraved lines above and below, plain apart from the engraved letters AG. The rest of the sides and crown are covered in closely spaced annulets. On the inside edge there is a stamped indecipherable maker's mark. See Holmes, 1976, 15, fig.6b and d and 19, fig.9 for similar examples. Late 16th - 17th century. Height 23mm. Weight 4.4g.
Created on: Tuesday 28th July 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
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Record ID: NMS-A5EBF2
Object type: SPOON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval silver spoon handle, bowl missing. D-sectioned at break, expanding smoothly and becoming flat-sectioned before rounded turned up end. Engraved M•B on the front at the terminal, the first down strokes of both letters filled with angled lines, with stamped marks before the break the only legible one of which is a lion passant with front paw raised. Circa late 17th - 18th century. Weight 3.8g. Surviving length 60mm. Maximum surviving width 10mm.
Created on: Monday 6th July 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
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Record ID: NMS-A4A4EB
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver button. Undecorated domed front, now dented, flat back with two holes, a separate soldered loop and an illegible stamped mark. Circa 17th century. Diameter 14mm. Height of head at least 5mm. Length of loop 4.5mm. Weight 1.3g.
Created on: Monday 6th July 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
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