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Record ID: NMS-22D7C9
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Incomplete Late Saxon copper alloy strap end of Thomas' Class A5 dating to the period c. AD 750 - 1000. The split end is incomplete due to old breaks. The plate is rectangular with a slightly tapering profile; the front exhibits a raised, incomplete panel of black niello with traces of a series of spiral grooves, possibly orginally inlaid with silver wire, although no visible trace of this survives. The strap end terminates in a moulded trapezoidal zoomorphic head which exhibits long ears, each with a circular recess at the top and a lenticular recess below, two circular recesses for t…
Created on: Monday 1st October 2018
Last updated: Monday 1st October 2018
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Record ID: KENT-A4BDB1
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy Medieval to post-Medieval copper-alloy purse bar (c. 1450-c. 1550). Description: The purse bar is incomplete, with the arms terminating in breaks. The central block is square and has a vertical hole to accommodate the shank of the suspension loop. This hole enables the suspension loop of the purse to rotate. The loop is circular in plan and is circular in cross section. The loop still rotates freely in the central block. Between the central block and the loop there is a collar integral with the loop. At the opposite end of the shank there is a separate …
Created on: Thursday 13th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 13th September 2018
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Record ID: LIN-D315FE
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A post-medieval copper alloy knife terminal. The terminal is in the form of two rectangular plates, each with a lis-shaped terminal. The plates appear to be separated by a spacer. One of the narrow sides retains traces of decoration set in niello, comprising a square containing a cross. The interior of the terminal is hollow and contains iron corrosion. Both plates bear a legend set in niello, and which together give a personal name. One plate reads DOROTHY and the other plate reads THORPE. The shape of the knife plate or end cap can be paralleled with others recorded on the PAS data…
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Freiston area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-CE821C
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy unidentified object of probable Post Medieval date. It is a hemisphere or solid dome with niello lattice cross hatched grooved decoration on the convex top. The base is flat and there is no evidence of attachment, nor of breaks. There is a plain band round the base of the dome. The object has a thin patina of light green revealing some red metal. Traces of dark grey, probable niello survive in the grooves. It is 11.6mm tall, 15.3mm diameter and 12.6g. No close parallel has been identified on the PAS database. The use of niello cross hatching is frequently found on Tudor…
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Monday 24th September 2018
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Record ID: SUR-69A7A1
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Surrey
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Lozenge shaped cast copper alloy button with integral drilled shank. The button is 9.8mm wide with a pyramid shaped front and flat back; the shank is 8.8mm in length, with a rectangular section and oval shaped loop. The front is quarted with a saltire with each face carrying trefoils on traces of a black paint or niello field. As Read (2005), p30 number 96. Late 15th-16th century.
Created on: Wednesday 29th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 30th August 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C746CA
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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An incomplete cast copper alloy central portion of a post medieval purse bar c.1450-1550. Consisting of a rectangular block (18.6 x 21.1 mm) with a drilling to accept a rod with in tegral supension loopand just one part of an 19,6mm arm remaining. The central block has a letter W on one side, typical of class A1 (Williams 2018, 2), and an illegible circular design on the other, both likely originally inlaid with niello. The arm has decoration of a tudor rose within a circle Weight 27.6g. Similar to published records SF-D7FD28 and LVPL2430.
Created on: Tuesday 21st August 2018
Last updated: Friday 24th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sandwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-6AB60F
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
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A fragment of a Medieval or Post Medieval copper-alloy purse bar dating from About AD 1440-1600. It falls into Williams Class A1. This fragment is part of one arm of the bar and probably projected from the jaws of a zoomorphic moulding. The main body is circular in cross-section and has a diameter of 8.6mm. It has a double-strand lattice pattern formed of grooves filled with well preserved niello. Both ends of the arm are old, patinated breaks, but there is a suggestion of a constriction at one end, which is where the frame would have articulared before the bar would have terminated i…
Created on: Friday 17th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 28th August 2018
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Record ID: IOW-C9917B
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
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A fragment of a Medieval copper-alloy purse bar (1450-1500). Williams Class A1. This fragment is part of one arm of the bar and probably projected from the jaws of a zoomorphic moulding.The main body is circular in cross-section and has a diameter of 8.0mm. It has a double-strand lattice pattern formed of grooves filled with decayed niello. The arm terminates at one end in a constriction which would have passed through an applied knop. The opposite end is in the form of an old transverse break. An integral attachment plate has holes for suspension of the purse. Each hole has a diamete…
Created on: Monday 16th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 17th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-47C4F8
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early Medieval strap end, dating to AD 750-950. It is sub-triangular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross section. The front face of the plate is decorated with a animal head moulded in relief at the tapered end; from the break at the top to half way down the plate bears a series of oblique crossed incised lines. The bottom half has a longitudinal groove, which stops at the animal head, flanked by two longitudinal lines of crescent-shaped engravings. The incised lines at the front have traces of niello-inlaid. The back face is plain and very corroded. It belongs to Tho…
Created on: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 17th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Birdbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-54CDE2
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late medieval/ early post-medieval (c.1420-1600) copper-alloy purse bar of Williams Class A2, featuring a religious inscription in inlaid niello. The frame (both arms of which are slightly bent) has a rectangular cross-section and shield-shaped central block. There are thickened mouldings either side of the central block where the arms extend. The arms then taper to another thickened moulding beyond which is a flaring circular rove c.6mm in height. The arm mouldings in both instances is to the front and reverse only, and not to top and bottom. From the underside of the bar are four p…
Created on: Thursday 28th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hambledon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-670153
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy purse bar suspension loop. The loop has an elongated oval frame with a circular block at that base, from the bottom of the block extends a pin that would have form the swivel for the purse bar. The sides of the frame are decorated with two cross-saltires formed from double incised lines infilled with niello wire, these are contained within double transverse lines above and below.
Created on: Tuesday 5th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 12th June 2018
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Record ID: DOR-E8FA49
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy purse bar dating to c.1450-1500. One arm anmd a remnant of the central block of the bar only remain. The fragment of the central has a vertical groove which is the remnant of a central aperture. The arm, circular in cross-section, projects from the jaws of a zoomorphic moulding. Traces of double-stranded cross-hatched decoration survives on both sides as well as the top. This would have been inlaid with niello. The narrowed end of the bar is missing due to a break. A sub-rectangular plate projects from the underside of the arm. The plate has two circular attachment holes…
Created on: Wednesday 30th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 6th July 2018
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Record ID: BH-D0EAEA
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy purse bar, probably dating to the Post-Medieval period. The cast bar is rectangular in plan and v-shaped in section. The thicker end of the bar possesses a crescent-shaped terminal and three successively larger circular perforations on one side, as well as a shallow circular indentation approximately halfway along the same side of the bar. The other thinner end of the bar tapers gradually, extending to a double-pronged terminal - possibly a broken attachment loop. The upper surface of the bar is decorated with a series of cross-hatchings inlaid with niello. T…
Created on: Tuesday 29th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: NARC-526379
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy Purse Bar of Medieval to post-Medieval date (AD 1450- 1550). Williams 2018 Class A1. This object comprises of one incomplete arm only. The arm, circular in cross-section, with a cylindrical knop which is separated but a circumferential groove. The object is decorated double-stranded niello-inlaid cross-hatched decoration survives. A complete sub-rectangular attachment plate projecting from the arm. The attachment arm has one visible perforation, any further perforation are obscured by corrosion bi-product. The metal is a dark green in colour with a pitt…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
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Record ID: IOW-07520C
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). Williams 2018 Class A1. This fragment comprises of one incomplete arm only. The arm, circular in cross-section, projects from the jaws of an incomplete zoomorphic moulding. Double-stranded niello-inlaid cross-hatched decoration survives on both sides as well as the top. The narrowed end of the bar with its knop for securing the bar to the frame is missing due to a break. An incomplete sub-rectangular attachment plate projecting from the arm is parallel to the length of the arm. The attachment arm has t…
Created on: Monday 7th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-C6F5ED
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval copper alloy, incomplete purse frame, dating circa AD1400- 1500. The frame is made of a curved strip of copper alloy which is right-angled in section. One of the sides contains a row of circular holes, while the other is decorated with a series of incised crosses, showing signs of inlaid niello. The condition of the bar is corroded.
Created on: Friday 4th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Branston and Mere', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DEV-9DB4F9
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
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 fragmentary arm only, with the circular sectioned arm projecting from the jaws of an incomplete zoomorphic moulding. Double-stranded niello-inlaid cross-hatched decoration survives at the terminal end of the arm, with an incomplete sub-rectangular attachment plate projecting from the arm, parallel to the length of the arm; one perforation survives. The arm terminates in worn breaks at both ends. Dimensions: length 39.9mm; width 8.0mm; thickness 12.2mm; weight 14.35g. Pur…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 9th May 2018
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Record ID: DOR-741D35
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and worn cast copper-alloy Medieval purse bar, probably dating to c. AD 1450-1500. The bar has a central square boss with surviving traces of niello inlaid incised lattice decoration on each of the outer faces. The boss has a central longitudinal perforation through which would have passed the now missing copper-alloy swivel loop. The remnants of the purse bar arms expand from the jaws of devolved zoomorphic mouldings either side. Dimensions: 50.64mm in length, 12.82mm in width ,8.64mm in thickness and Weight:17.83g A similar example can be found on the database: KENT-…
Created on: Wednesday 18th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th April 2018
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Record ID: NLM-5A69C5
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy strap end. Cast zoomorphic strap end with a beast head terminal and a split inner end [one leaf of which is lost, probably recently] with paired stitching holes, Thomas Class A Type 1. A central bordered panel bears an interlaced design depicting a ?hound with long hare-like ears with its forepaw resting in front of the erect head. The body is spotted with stamped pits. The further extent of the body turns behind the head with a lower limb uppermost to the left of the panel [i.e. towards the terminal]. The creature is at all events mammalian rather than reptilian. A possib…
Created on: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 18th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hardwick', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-B801BD
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy purse bar dating to the late Medieval or early Post-Medieval period, c. 1450-1550. This is a purse bar of Ward Perkins type A1. Only one arm survives, with the central swivel block, opposing arm and loop missing in an old break. Where the bar has separated from the central block is the remains of a zoomorphic moulding, from the mouth of which the remainder of the object protrudes. The arm is oval in section, with a thinned projecting extension on underside demonstrating two small circular apertures or 'sewing holes' (one of which is incomplete). The main…
Created on: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nowton', grid reference and parish protected.


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