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Record ID: WAW-5B39CA
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
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Early Medieval (c. AD 900 to 950) sword guard, probably Petersen Type P: The guard is rectangular in plan with a concave lower edge and convex upper edge. In section the guard is slightly trapezoidal with rounded corners. The terminals taper to a rounded vertical edge with one terminal having a hole due to corrosion. The guard is hollow and has a slot running the length of the lower edge and is squashed together in two places forming three holes. The upper edge has a central sub-rectangular slot with a circular cell or rivet hole either side. The surface of the guard is heavily abrade…
Created on: Monday 4th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th December 2017
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Record ID: SOM-FDCB82
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An almost complete Medieval copper alloy purse bar, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The bar consists of a central shield shaped boss, 16.7mm tall by 19.6mm wide and 14.0mm thick. A central logitudinal perforation passes through the boss to accomodate a copper alloy swivel, now lost. The boss is flanked by the arms of the purse, both integral, rectangular in cross section and thinned slightly into a central field featuring a niello inlaid inscription (see below). The thicker sections flanking the boss are not shaped into animal heads but plain. A thinner attachment plate, with three…
Created on: Thursday 30th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
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Record ID: SWYOR-C2131E
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early Medieval copper alloy strap end of Thomas Class A, Type 1, dating from AD 750 - 950. The strap end has convex sides and a split attachment end. There is a palmette motif at the attachment end, which is incomplete. The main body of the strap end is decorated with a panel decorated with niello. The design is a Trewhiddle style animal. The zoomorphic panel has a concave side to accommodate the palmette. The closed end has a zoomorphic terminal which is very worn and the snout is incomplete. The reverse is plain. It is 29.4mm long, 11.4mm wide and 2.5mm thick. It weighs…
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 9th January 2018
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Record ID: DEV-BF5F8F
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval copper alloy purse bar, almost complete, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The bar has a central spherical boss, 15.1mm wide, 14.3mm high, and 15.1mm thick, with surviving traces of niello inlaid incised lattice decoration on the outer surface. The boss is decorated with in incised double-stranded saltire inlaid with niello on both sides, on one crossed by a transverse line. The boss has a central longitudinal perforation through which passes a copper alloy swivel, below the boss this passes through the perforation of an applied knop, which is circular in cross-section. Ab…
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th November 2017
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Record ID: BUC-98DA05
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a late Medieval copper alloy purse bar dating from c.1450-1500 AD. The fragment consists of part of the bar which is curved and tapers to one end and flattens to an oval end. The other end has an old break. The frame is L-shaped in cross-section and the underside has two small circular holes which would have been used to attach the bar to the purse bag. The surface of the bar has some residue of decorated cross-hatched inlaid niello. The fragment has a dark green patina. The purse bar is 110.6mm in length, 7.6mm in width, 2.5mm in thickness, and weighs 19.54g.
Created on: Monday 13th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Record ID: CORN-89CFEC
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy purse bar with a central boss that is square in profile but more ovoid in plan with convex faces and straight sides which narrow to the arms. One face of the boss is decorated with niello cross-hatching and the other face has radiating lines in the form of a star. The boss has been drilled and fitted with a swivelling suspension loop that would have been circular in profile but is now broken, showing the arms are hemispherical in section. The boss tapers to zoomorphic heads on either side which look like beasts gripping the extended side arms in their mouths.…
Created on: Sunday 12th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th November 2017
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Record ID: KENT-5EDF48
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Medway
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete silver strap-end c. 9th-10th centuries in date Description: It is sub-rectangular in shape with gently convex sides that taper towards the terminal, now lost. The opposite end is split to take a strap, and pierced for the addition of two rivets, now missing. The shape of the split end is lobed around these rivets with a small knop between. The central part of the plate is decorated with an interlace and zoomorphic motif showing two facing beasts in profile, with deep chests and their limbs interlacing beneath. Each animal has a drilled eye, blunt muzzles, incised 'col…
Created on: Tuesday 17th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 11th January 2018
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Record ID: WILT-23E92D
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy late medieval to early post-medieval purse bar, dating to the period c. AD 1450 - 1500. It measures 71.40mm in length and at its maximum width, it measures 11.57mm. The purse bar is broadly circular in cross-section, and the width (or diameter) of most of the bar is c7mm, tapering to c6mm at the extant outer end. This is just one side of what would have been an item of probably over 150mm in total length and which would have included a central boss drilled and fitted with a swivelling pendant loop. This item has broken away at the junction with the now m…
Created on: Monday 2nd October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
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Record ID: SUR-78E683
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval to Post Medieval copper-alloy purse bar fragment. The purse belongs to Ward Perkins Class A1 and is inscribed with the legend [AVE MA]/RIA*GR/ACIA* PL[ENA]. The inscription is inlaid with niello.
Created on: Sunday 24th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
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Record ID: BUC-1175FF
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy late medieval purse bar, dating from c.1450-1500 AD. The purse bar consists of two arms, with the attachment block in the centre. The attachment block is rounded, with a circular hole pierced through the centre. Through this is a copper alloy rotating shaft; on the top is a circular hoop (17.6mm internal diameter) and on the underneath a semi-circular knop with the shaft running through the centre to hold it in place. One side of the central block is decorated with an incised eight-pointed star inlaid with niello. Both arms are circular in cross section, and …
Created on: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
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Record ID: NLM-6AD776
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy possible buckle fragment, as kindly suggested by the finder. A tapering cast curving oval section bar, presumably taken as part of the loop of a large decorated buckle. One end is collared, with a continuation apparently lost to a ragged break. The surface bears incised comma-shaped grooves, larger [length 6mm] and smaller [length 2.5mm] accompanied by finer feathered groups of incised strokes. The larger cuts may have been apt to receive niello or silver inlay, though none remains. The surface decoration encourages the finder to suggest an early medieval, Anglo-Saxon, dat…
Created on: Wednesday 30th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-6AA1E6
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Medieval to post-Medieval copper-alloy purse bar (c. 1450-c. 1550). Ward Perkins Type B3 (Ward Perkins 1940: 167-168, fig. 52, plate XXXVII). This fragment is part of one arm which has a globular wrythen terminal. The arm is oval in cross-section and the terminal has six grooves which spiral slightly. The object is green and corroded with patches of a dark green patina. The grooves have traces of lacquer or decayed niello. Length: 40.0mm; width of terminal: 11.5mm; thickness of terminal: 10.4mm; width of arm: 4.6mm; thickness of arm: 3.8mm. Weight: 8.31g. Ward-Perki…
Created on: Wednesday 30th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 1st September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DEV-ADB308
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval copper alloy purse bar, almost complete, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The bar has a central sub-spherical boss, 14.3mmmm wide, 13.0mm high and 15.2mm thick, with traces of niello inlaid incised decoration surviving on one face, although only a small section is visible, it appears to be a lattice or zig-zag pattern, typical of the type. The boss has a central longitudinal perforation through which passes a copper alloy swivel, below the boss this passes through the perforation of an applied sub-trapezoidal knop, which is circular in cross-section. Above the boss the s…
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 29th August 2017
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Record ID: SF-4527A5
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy strap-end of Early Medieval date, c. 750-900 AD, belonging to Thomas' (2000) class B: split-end strap-ends with parallel-sided shafts, zoomorphic terminals and an average ratio of width to length of 1:4.5. The object is missing its rear plate, though is otherwise preserved relatively intact despite some post-depositional distortion. At the apex of the strap-end (which is broadly triangular in plan) are two incomplete circular apertures which originally would have accomodated two circular dome-headed rivets securing together the front and rear plates of t…
Created on: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 6th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hartest', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1C9C43
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval copper alloy purse bar, almost complete, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The bar has a central sub-rectangular boss, 16.7mm wide, 13.7mm long and 9.6mm thick, and decorated with a niello inlaid incised lattice pattern on one face and a double line in a zig-zag on the other. The boss has a central longitudinal perforation through which passes a copper alloy swivel, below the boss this passes through the perforation of an applied sub-hexagonal sectioned knop, above the boss the swivel expands into an ovate attachement loop, this is now bent in one direction, with a split i…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Last updated: Monday 7th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Okeford Fitzpaine CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-893C82
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete late Medieval to early Post-Medieval copper-alloy purse bar (c.AD 1450-1550), consisting of one side bar and the central shield shaped boss. The arm has an oval section collar each side of the boss, the bar is rectangular in cross section and terminates in another smaller oval collar/ knop which would have held the missing purse frame in place. Underneath the arm is an integral plate, with three circular attachment or sewing holes. Above this the arm has script in niello Lombardic AVEMAG (the missing bar would have had the second part - RAPLENA) "Ave Maria Gracia Plena -…
Created on: Wednesday 26th July 2017
Last updated: Monday 30th October 2017
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Record ID: YORYM-C82494
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval copper alloy strap end, dating to the period c.AD 750-950. The strap end is broadly tongue shaped in plan, with decoration comprising a looping beast on the main body. The remains of niello are present in the groves of the decoration. The object narrows to a zoomorphic lower terminal, in the form of an animal with large curved ears and a rounded snout. A tri-lobed fan extends from the open terminal into the upper section above the looping beast. This wider terminal has two open apertures which would have accommodated rivets, now missing.The reverse is undecorated, but…
Created on: Monday 17th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd August 2017
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Record ID: NARC-37EC49
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy Purse Bar of late Medieval to early Post Medieval date (AD 1450-1550). The object is composed of two arms which are sub-rectangular in both plan and cross section and have expanded sub-rectangular terminals with a knop at either end. On the lower edge of each arm are integrally cast roughly rectangular flanges pierced twice. These would have acted as suspension loops for a leather or cloth purse. Each arm thickens at the centre of the frame to flank an integrally cast sub-rectangular box with a hole from top to bottom. This hole would have enabled the attachm…
Created on: Monday 10th July 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th July 2017
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Record ID: YORYM-A51F53
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy strap end of Early-Medieval date, c.AD 750 - 950. The strap end is of Thomas' Class A, Type 1 with zoomorphic terminal and Trewhiddle style decoration. The strap end is sub-ovate in shape with a zoomorphic terminal at the closed end and a break to the opposite end at which the remains of a split attachment terminal can be seen. The zoomorphic terminal is in the form of a forward facing animal head with raised rounded pellet eyes and a stub-nosed snout. Circular cells with internal inverted Y-shapes may represent ears. The central panel bears an interlaced Tr…
Created on: Monday 3rd July 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 19th July 2017
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Record ID: SOM-269629
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Medieval copper alloy purse bar, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The fragment comprises of one side arm of the bar, this is circular in cross section, 7.6mm in diameter and 34.3mm long. A narrowed projection expands from one end fo the cross bar, 9.3mm long and 4.8mm in diameter. There is a highly localised area of wear presumably due to the frame being suspended from this point. From the base of the arm expands an incomplete rectangular attachment plate on a line parallel to the length of the arm. This has three perforations, with the inside one now being incomplet…
Created on: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Last updated: Thursday 24th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ilminster CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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