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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: HAMP-54CDE2
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
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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
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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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Record ID: SUSS-7B35B6
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy fragment originating from a late Medieval to early Post-Medieval purse bar (c. 1450-1550) of Ward Perkins type A1. Only the central swivel-block survives, which is rectangular in plan and demonstrates a medium-sized circular perforation through its middle. On the sides of the block, the truncated remnants of the arms survive only slightly. One face has been decorated with an incised saltire motif, while the other demonstrates a closely spaced pattern of hachured lines. Both retain partial inlays, which may reflect degraded niello decoration. Preserved in…
Created on: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 12th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Petersfield', 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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