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Record ID: CORN-EE23E2
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Cast copper alloy knife handle with a bird head finial and a pattern of tears or drops of blood running down the body of the tang. The tears are recessed and defined by rows of linear impressed ovals and dots, which give the surface a texture. The surface is now quite corroded but was probably once lacquered. These tear-shaped motifs are often used in heraldic contexts, and the knife may have been more ornamental, rather than functional, and possibly part of a marriage pair, with a matching handle for the other spouse (Geoff Egan pers comm). Griffiths, Philpott and Egan (2007) illus…
Created on: Tuesday 1st April 2003
Last updated: Tuesday 18th October 2011
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Record ID: CORN-EE82E6
Object type: COIN WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy hexagonal coin weight for the Spanish gold double excellente. "The hexagonal shape suggests that it was made in Paris, but the lowercase letter 'y' on the obverse would suggest that it is Spanish and might even be 14th century. The weight now weighs 5.68 grams, but it may have lost some mass, and if it was originally around 6 grams that would make it a weight for a double excellente" (Paul Withers pers comm). There are some silver coins, the real and the blanca del agnus dei, with the letter Y on them, issued by Juan I (1379-1390). The double excellente was introduce…
Created on: Tuesday 1st April 2003
Last updated: Friday 16th April 2010
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Record ID: CORN-5A2766
Object type: POWDER CHARGER
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead cylindrical powder charger, with uneven base and damaged rim. Used by musketeers to hold their fine priming powder which would have been poured directly into the musket's priming pan. Probably Civil War period. Read (1988) illustrates powder-charger caps on page 163, Nos.1090-1092, which are dated to c.1660-86.
Created on: Thursday 12th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-598125
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead diver's weight acting as a strap junction for a metal and leather belt, with two rectangular openings, one in each terminal of the junction. One opening has been flattened in the centre, which may have been done deliberately to fix it more firmly to the strap. Both upper and lower surfaces are marked with several oblique gashes on either side which may have happened underwater or since being in a ploughed field.
Created on: Wednesday 11th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-5A0757
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead fishing net weight with a circular perforation in each of the two terminals. The weight is lozenge-shaped in profile and in plan with the the two terminals having been slightly widened and rounded off.
Created on: Thursday 12th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-835A32
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint thumbnail scraper, circular in plan and semi-circular in profile and section. The distal end and lateral margins have been unimarginally retouched on the dorsal face. The proximal end of the dorsal face is still covered in cortex, suggesting that this is a secondary flake. The ventral face preserves the smooth conchoidal fractures rippling away from the snapped off bulb of percussion at the proximal end. The flint is a mottled light gray brown colour, probably made from a local beach pebble, and the length to breadth ratio is almost 1:1. Bond illustrate…
Created on: Friday 13th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-83AF78
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint blade or knife flake, lozenge-shaped in plan and section and semi-circular in profile. The proximal end and lateral margins have been bifacially retouched. Towards the distal end of the dorsal face, running along the left edge, are the remains of a strip of cortex, suggesting that this is a secondary flake. The dorsal face preserves an area of smooth conchoidal fractures rippling away from the proximal end. The flint is a mottled light to dark gray colour, probably made from a local beach pebble, and the length to breadth ratio is about 2:1. Bond il…
Created on: Friday 13th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-824715
Object type: HAMMER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Igneous stone hammer made from a beach cobble, ovoid in profile and sub-triangular in plan. The hammer stone has light impact pecking on the surface of the narrow, pointed end of the tool. This suggests that the tapered end was the striking surface and that the wider end was where it was gripped when used as a hand-held pounder. There are also various plough marks over both surfaces of the hammer. Similar examples can be found throughout Cornwall and are difficult to date, though they are mostly prehistoric. These tools have been referred to as pebble tools in the past and h…
Created on: Friday 13th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-B97850
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast copper-alloy leg from a vessel, with a worn central rib running vertically down its exterior surface, and an everted flat foot that is triangular in section. Read (1988) illustrates a similar example on page 95, No.588, which is dated from the 13th to the 17th century. Butler & Green (2003) illustrate a similar foot attached to a cauldron which they term ‘Mid-Wales type’ on page 139, Fig.2, and one attached to a skillet on page 142, No.146, which they date from the 15th to the 16th century.
Created on: Monday 16th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Padstow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-BA12C4
Object type: RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pressed copper alloy annular ring, circular in plan and flat in profile and lozenge-shaped in section. The inside edge of the ring retains a ridge which suggests that the ring may have been pressed rather than cast. The remains of an attachment to another metal fitting, possibly a mount, can be seen running along about 6 mm of the outside edge of the ring. Read (2001) illustrates a similar bar mount with annular pendant from South Somerset on page 43, No.374, which is dated to the 17th century.
Created on: Monday 16th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Padstow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-BA43D1
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Sheet copper alloy fragment of a mount engraved with floral decoration consisting of foliate, fleurets, leaves and circles. The mount is shaped like a fleur de lis in plan, with a trefoil upper edge, two convex sides or ogees and two broken projecting terminals at the base. Bailey (2004) illustrates buttons with similar incised patterns: one example on page 54, Fig.9, No.109, which is dated to the 18th century. Read (1988) illustrates a similar style of mount being used as a keyhole escutcheon on page 203, No.1415, which is dated to the 18th century.
Created on: Monday 16th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Padstow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-B9DCA1
Object type: FINIAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy (brass) section of the stem or finial making up a bedstead frame or perhaps from a short stand like a fireside rest, as it is hard to tell what the original length was with both ends having been broken off. The stem has a bulbous base, about 20 mm in diameter, defined by a concentric line beneath it. The body then tapers towards a rib, about 12 mm in diameter, at the upper end, below the break. The design is meant too imitate turned wood. Similar stands can be seen illustrated in The Victorian Catalogue of Household Goods (1992), but originally published in 188…
Created on: Monday 16th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Padstow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-3C6B14
Object type: POT SHERD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery rim sherd with rounded slightly everted rim. There are contuinuous parallel lines running horizontally along the width of the sherd, suggesting that the vessel has been wheel turned. The surface and core of the sherd have been oxidised to an light brown colour. There are carbonised remains on the exterior and interior surfaces of the sherd. The fabric looks, from microscopic investigation, to have mica, white feldspar, and a lot of crushed quartz inclusions, which is typical of the granitic clay used during Romano-British period in Cornwall. The shape of the rim of this s…
Created on: Sunday 22nd January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-3CC4A2
Object type: POT SHERD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery disc, circular in plan, apart from one broken edge, and convex in profile. It was probably cut and ground from a pottery sherd as a blank for a spindle whorl, but may not have been used because of its concave / convex profile. The surface and core of the sherd have been reduced to an dark brown to black colour. There are carbonised remains on the interior surface of the sherd or the underside of the disc. The fabric looks, from microscopic investigation, to have mica and slate inclusions. The fabric and possible uses of this disc make it likely to have come from a Romano…
Created on: Sunday 22nd January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-3BCE77
Object type: POT SHERD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery rim sherd with flat flanged rim pointing upwards at about a 30° angle from the body of the vessel. There is a crescentic mark or stamp, just below the rim on the exterior face of the sherd, which may have formed part of a continuous pattern of decoration, running horizontally around the body of the vessel. The core of the sherd has been oxidised to an light brown colour and the surface to a more orangey-brown colour. There are carbonised remains on the exterior surface of the sherd. The fabric looks, from microscopic investigation, to have mica, white feldspar, quartz and s…
Created on: Sunday 22nd January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-94FDB3
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver voided short-cross cut half penny of John (1199-1216), Class Va2, 1205, Exeter mint, moneyer Ricard
Created on: Thursday 26th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mylor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-959BD0
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver long-cross penny of Edward I (1272-1307), Irish, Second coinage, Class 1b, Dublin mint.
Created on: Thursday 26th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-E96645
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
silver denier of Charles the Bald, Carolingian King of the West Franks, c.840-875, minted in Melle in Aquitaine early in his reign
Created on: Monday 30th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-39A948
Object type: POT SHERD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery body sherd of a wheel-thrown grey ware vessel with internal ribs running horizontally in concentric bands along the interior of the sherd. The fabric is uniform in colour throughout and is fine and micaceous. This suggests that it may be Exeter Micaceous Grey ware which copied BB1 forms and was produced in south-east Devon from the late 1st to the early 3rd centuries AD. But similar grey wares (Fabric 151) which have micaceous surfaces but no distinct mica plates, as in this example, have also been found in excavations at Exeter, and were being produced at an unlocated south…
Created on: Friday 3rd February 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'St. Goran', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-391443
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy two-piece hinged dolphin brooch, T-shaped in plan and comma-shaped in profile. The bow is D-shaped in section and tapers towards the missing foot. The upper face of the bow has a moulded crest extending from the head and tapering towards the lower bow. This crest is defined by longitudinal grooves at either side on the bow. The solid cross-bar is circular in section and the wings also taper towards their terminals. The surface of the brooch is very corroded and pitted so that any decoration is faint, but, along with the remains of the central crest and the grooves…
Created on: Friday 3rd February 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'St. Goran', grid reference and parish protected.


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