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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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Record ID: GLO-69F655
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy purse bar that consists of two oval cross section arms that flank a rectangular central block hub. The block hub has a hole that passed through the middle that mounts the spindle for the suspension loop. The loop has a small cylindrical neck and a large circular loop, on the base of the loop and passing through the hub is a narrowed bar that has a cylindrical collar. The face of the hub is decorated with three recessed diagonal lines running up from left to right, and recessed cross hatched lines on the other side. The arms projects from the block hub, each arm has a…
Created on: Wednesday 28th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th March 2018
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Record ID: WMID-70F369
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy zoomorphic strap end of Late Anglo-Saxon dating (9th Century AD). Around 75% of the strap end is present, with the split attachment end missing, presumed lost in antiquity. The strap end is sub oval (rectangle with flattened ends and bowed sides) in shape. The front of the strap end is decorated. Three panels of decoration survive. The upper and larger panel consists of a central pellet with four pointed oval petals extending from it. Interlace probable animals are present in each petal, with some surviving niello inlay. Between this large panel and th…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Record ID: SOM-22271D
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probable strap fitting of uncertain date, possibly Roman, c. AD 43-410. The object comprises of a flat rectangular plate of copper alloy, with a slight knop at its terminal. At the attachment end a pair of V-shaped grooves define a transverse collar, with a second corresponding pair below, just above the mid-point, helping to define a sub-circular boss. This is engraved with a lozenge containing a pellet, with the channels inlaid with niello. The rectangular field below the boss is decorated with two parallel rectangular, niello inlaid channels, with each containing a zig-zag left r…
Created on: Friday 19th January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 25th January 2018
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Record ID: LIN-0C9F3C
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late Saxon copper alloy strap end, Thomas type A, dating to the ninth-century. The strap end is tongue-shaped and has a bifurcated terminal. The terminal contains two rivet holes, both of which are now empty. The opposite end is in the form of a moulded animal head with two large ears at the top, and a shallow recessed area on either side of the head representing the eyes. A small slit is possibly seen across the front which would represent the mouth. On the forehead is a worn incised motif now in the form of the letter 'W'. The body is decorated with a sub-rectangular panel on w…
Created on: Thursday 18th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th February 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-DF206D
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, medieval, copper alloy zoomorphic purse bar. In one view a human/animal face is clearly visible and when rotated 90 degrees a snake mouth can be seen swallowing the bar. The detail on the face is remarkable, with lines running from the eyes down the cheeks, and tiny grooves below the broken pivot point representing hair. Once rotated the face of a snake swallowing the bar can be clearly seen. The chin and neck becoming the upper lip and nose, the back of the head the lower lip, and the eyebecoming the eye of the snake. Away from the head, the bar is bent about …
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mansfield area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-8D9DA6
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Medieval to post medieval copper alloy purse bar. Only one half of the bar survives. It is rectangular in plan and ovate in section, tapering along its length to a circular terminal at one end and a worn break at the other end. An integral loop projects from one edge. One surface of the bar bears a shallowly incised inscription containing a backward facing G and C Traces of another, inscription are present on the opposite side though is extremely shallow and its meaning cannot be determined. The inscription is probably a blundered version of the popular religious insc…
Created on: Friday 12th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-7D7541
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy strap fitting, probably a slider or mount. It consists of a strip of sheet copper alloy, indented at either end and folded over. The indentations are probably the remains of perforations that would been used for the attaching rivet. The belt or strap would have been located inside the resultant 'U' shaped bend. The fitting is decorated with two niello inlaid longitudinal incised lines that run the whole length of the object, and parallel with adjacent edges. Dates to between c1066 and c1500 AD. The length is 30mm, the width is 7mm, thickness 4mm, and the weigh…
Created on: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th March 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-6E3A70
Object type: SWORD BELT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Post Medieval copper-alloy strap fitting from a sword belt hanger. The plate is sub triangular in shape with a trifoliate terminal. The inner face is undecorated. The outer face has a finely executed raised foliate decoration within a beaded border. It has been inlaid with black niello. There are two rivet holes, both retaining remnant iron rivets. The artefact would have been one of three similar plates which would have hung from a mount with three suspension loops. Each plate would have had a forward facing hook. This particular one is missing about half the hook. See Read 200…
Created on: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Last updated: Friday 9th March 2018
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Record ID: WAW-5B39CA
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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 abr…
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 weigh…
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. A…
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…
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 …
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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