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Record ID: NMS-0F3169
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Small fragment of a Middle Saxon to Late Saxon copper alloy strap end, part of an animal-head terminal with no original surface present. An incomplete pair of ears lie above an incomplete, probably kite-shaped, cell inlaid with niello, the uneven surface of which suggests a loss of additional inlay, probably silver wire. Extant length and width 10.5 and 11.5mm. Thickness 1.4mm. Probably Thomas 2003, Class A, Type 5. 9th century.
Created on: Monday 24th December 2018
Last updated: Thursday 3rd January 2019
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Record ID: NMS-A5B03D
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Fragment of a medieval copper alloy purse bar, broken at both ends, with two suspension holes in a flat tab and niello inlay in double-line cross-hatching. The cross-section is oval. Williams 2018, Class A2. Extant length 36mm. Second half 15th century. Finder's no. WH.81
Created on: Friday 7th December 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2018
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Record ID: NMS-97BED9
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Incomplete medieval copper alloy purse bar of Williams 2018 Class A1 with the central swiveling loop and one terminal missing. There are two flat tabs, both with two attachment holes. Niello inlay on the shield-shaped central block or boss forms a saltire on one face and the letter W on the other, while the outer parts carry a double-line lattice. Extant length 166mm. Estimated complete length 180mm. Height at boss 15mm. Second half 15th century.
Created on: Thursday 6th December 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2018
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Record ID: NARC-94C564
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy Purse Bar of Medieval date (AD 1450-1550). Ward Perkins Type A1 or A2. The object is composed of a single arm which terminates in and old abraded break. The arm is circular in section. The central block is square and has a vertical hole to accommodate the shank of the now missing suspension loop. This hole would enable the suspension loop of the purse to rotate. The central box is decorated on each face with a nielloed pattern. One face has four double diagonal lines, the other has four double diagonal lines running in opposition to four more double lines. Th…
Created on: Thursday 6th December 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th December 2018
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Record ID: NMS-D796FE
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Shield-shaped boss or central block with stumps of the oval-sectioned arms of a medieval copper alloy purse bar in very degraded condition. The sacred monogram IHS in inlaid niello is just visible on one face of the boss while the other is illegible. Part of the shank of the central swivelling loop remains in a vertical hole. Ward Perkins 1940, Type A2. Height, width and thickness of boss 21, 19 and 10mm. Second half 15th century.
Created on: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th November 2018
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Record ID: LEIC-D5554A
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval ? copper alloy dress fastener, 15mm in length, 14mm wide and 0mm thick with a weight of 1.96grams. The object is circular in form and rectangular in cross section, with two rounded 'ear' like projections with circular fastening holes close to each other on its outer edge. Opposite these are the remains of a rectangular projection which would have been hooked. The object is decorated with a raised pattern of grey/blackmaterial, probably niello? It has a circular border with the lower half filled with a series of short straight lines. These point inwards and some form che…
Created on: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Huntingdonshire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-82209A
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy purse frame fragment, dating from c. 1450 - 1550, probably Williams Class A1. Description: The fragment represents part of the frame of a purse, possibly the upper left section where it would close to where it would be atached to the purse bar. It formed from a long thin strip of hammered over copper-alloy with one piercing present for the attachment of of the material for the purse. Along the majority of its length however it is V-shaped in cross-section. The opposide side of the frame has incised decoration consisting of group of incised s-scroll floral lines, with in…
Created on: Friday 23rd November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Record ID: HESH-6C7EF9
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A near complete cast copper alloy Colchester derivative Polden Hill type brooch of Roman date (80-120 AD). The wings are complete with flat and pierced end cap. The axis bar, spring and pin are all lost; the spring would have been secured by an external chord which was fixed to a rearward facing hook positioned at the midpoint on the upper edge of the reverse. The head of the brooch bow is hump like - being comma shaped in profile. The bow is D shaped in cross section. It extends to a rounded 'bun shaped' foot with a projecting knop. The catch-plate is formed from a rib on the rear of…
Created on: Thursday 22nd November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'worfield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-55B1CF
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hampshire
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An incomplete Roman (AD 43-70) copper alloy Hod Hill brooch without side lugs, with probable niello or silver/ tin inlay along the bow. It is missing the curl of the catchplate and the pin.The wingspan is 12.9mm, the wings curling forward to hold the missing iron axis bar (now surrounded by iron corrosion). A notch between the wings would have been for the head of the pin. In front of the wings is a prominent transverse rib of triangular cross-section. Beyond the bow extends, D-shaped in cross-section with a central ridge. This measures 10.4x4.2mm and narrows over the length of the bow…
Created on: Wednesday 21st November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 4th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Andover', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-7287E5
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One arm of a copper alloy purse bar dating to c.1450-1500 of Ward Perkins type A2. The bar has a thin oval cross section, it tapers to a narrow circular sectioned knop. There are traces of two integral pierced lobes on the lower edge of the arm for attachment of a leather or fabric purse, one is almost complete. Both faces of the arm show traces of decoration, possibly an inscription or blundered lettering and vertical lines of inlay (probably niello) now illegible. Reference: Saunders.P, 2012, pg.106-107, no.172, pg.134, fig.27. A similar purse bar with inscription can be seen on the …
Created on: Monday 29th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Record ID: NMS-22D7C9
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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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