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Record ID: NMS-7E2DF0
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a medieval copper alloy purse frame, a pendent loop of L- or C-shaped cross-section, both ends broken, one across the terminal loop. There are two attachment holes in the rear and inlaid niello decoration on the convex front. This consists of three parallel oblique lines and two saltires, each formed from a triplet and a pair of grooves. The niello appears a richer green than the surrounding metal. Extant length 63mm. c.1450 - c.1500.
Created on: Saturday 5th July 2014
Last updated: Saturday 5th July 2014
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Record ID: SOM-B161F3
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early-medieval cast copper-alloy strap-end, classified as Thomas's (2003, 2) Class A, Type 2 (probably geometric style), slightly damaged at the attachment end. This would date the artefact to around the 9th century AD. The strap-end is flat in profile. The plate expands from a width of c. 9.3mm the attachment end to a maximum width of c. 12.6mm at the base of the split. From this point it tapers consistently towards an animal head terminal. The split end has been bent down slighty. On both halves the pairs of rivet holes have been abraded through. The plate is unifacially de…
Created on: Friday 13th June 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 17th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Williton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CAM-6143BC
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy artefact of high/late Medieval date. This artefact might have been a finger-ring or possibly a type of mount in the form of a loop. The incomplete item weighs 10.98g and has a decorative circular plate of 28.7mm diameter, and thickness of 1.2mm. The plate is curved and has two tapering projection on opposite sides of the plate that end in worn rounded points. It is probable, but uncertain, that these points are the remains of worn breaks that might have continued to form two integral spikes or rivets or joined together to form a complete loop. It is not poss…
Created on: Monday 9th June 2014
Last updated: Monday 30th June 2014
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Record ID: LIN-588C6A
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. The strap-end is tongue-shaped and has two rivet holes at the bifurcated attachment-end. The terminal is in the form of an animal head; it is much worn, however, and only two large oval ears are visible. The body is lozengiform and contains a worm nielloed panel perhaps depicting a beast.
Created on: Monday 9th June 2014
Last updated: Monday 9th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wragby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-EFE4B4
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Silver knob from a radiate-headed brooch of early-medieval date. It is roughly D- or U-shaped, with a straight edge where it would have been attached to the headplate. It has cast relief Style I decoration consisting of a raised border inlaid with a longitudinal niello stripe at the attachment edge, conjoined brows also inlaid with a niello stripe, deep pointed-oval eye sockets with raised central pointed-oval pupils each of which has a tiny blind hole, and a worn pellet-like nose from which extends a median rib which divides a second pair of circular eyes or nostrils. The…
Created on: Wednesday 4th June 2014
Last updated: Friday 18th May 2018
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Record ID: NMS-C6C0BB
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a Middle Saxon to Late Saxon copper alloy strap end, both ends broken. The front face is completely taken up with parts of two panels of niello inlay. One panel is largely obscured by corrosion products. Silver wire scrollwork has been lost from the other but its imprints are still visible. Thomas 2003, Class A, Type 5. Extant length 17.5mm. Width 15.4mm. Thickness 2.4mm. 9th century. (field RG5)
Created on: Monday 2nd June 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 5th July 2016
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Record ID: NMS-71236A
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Less than one half of a medieval copper alloy purse bar of Ward Perkins 1940, Type A1, round-sectioned with incomplete flange with two attachment holes, expanding cylindrical terminal, and on both faces two niello-inlaid double-line engraved saltires between circumferential lines. Extant length 65mm. c.1450 - c.1500. (field FLO6)
Created on: Thursday 29th May 2014
Last updated: Thursday 29th May 2014
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Record ID: SUSS-5E346C
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete late Medieval or early Post Medieval cast copper-alloy purse bar, dating to c. AD 1450-1550. Williams Class A1. The fragment comprises slightly more than one half of the complete bar, an old break being just the other side of the central block. The remains of the purse bar consists of a sub-rectangular central block with one of two original long oval-sectioned bar arms with remains of a flat tab with two round holes projecting from the lower side of the arm. The whole frame is L-shaped in cross section. The central block has a centrally-positioned hole running vertica…
Created on: Wednesday 28th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 4th June 2014
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Record ID: WILT-CC1A40
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy medieval strap junction, missing a fragment from one of the attachment loops. The central element is quadrilobate, formed of a ring with a trefoil projection at each cardinal point. In a recess between each projection is an attachment loop. These loops appear to be zoomorphic, perhaps representing dogs' heads. The front surface of object is decorated with niello, but only some of it survives as much of the patina has come off, revealing the red/brown metal below. Overall the object measures 36.20mm long, 35.15mm wide and 7.00mm thick. It weighs 10.36g. The l…
Created on: Wednesday 21st May 2014
Last updated: Friday 16th March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yatton Keynell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-B62A2C
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Saxon/Late Saxon copper alloy hooked tag with sub-circular plate and two perforated attachment lugs at the top corners. Engraved Trewhiddle style linear decoration on the front of the plate comprises a vertical band bisecting a downward-pointing chevron and a bordering band, all with multiple engraved transverse lines, bordering and separating four fields, two triangular and two sub-triangular. The former, at the top, contain simple symmetrical engraved lines, while the two larger lateral fields are filled with two highly stylised beasts. The engraved lines contain brownish dec…
Created on: Tuesday 20th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 16th July 2014
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Record ID: NMS-3643E6
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Fragment of Middle or Late Anglo-Saxon silver brooch with none of the original outer edge surviving. The plate is in the form of a cross with a separate central decorative silver dome-headed rivet. Each arm of the cross is decorated with a panel of similar but different geometric, perhaps interlaced, decoration reserved on a field of niello, much of which is missing. The quality of the engraving is not high. Each panel is edged with a reserved border, and the central rivet is also surrounded by a reserved border. The arms of the cross flare towards the breaks, and the pla…
Created on: Wednesday 14th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 18th August 2015
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Record ID: WILT-22DED4
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy Medieval Type A2 copper alloy purse bar dating to c AD 1450-c1500. The purse bar is incomplete as the end of each side-bar and pendent frame are lost. The purse bar comprises a rectangular section bar with an oval section collar each side of a central shield-shaped boss. On the underside of each side-bar is an attachment flange with a worn-through sewing hole. The central boss is drilled and fitted with a swivelling circular-section circular pendent loop. One side of the boss has niello residue of a tau cross asnd the other, A. The side-bars on one side have the niello …
Created on: Tuesday 13th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th August 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingston Deverill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-22D466
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: A fragment of a Middle or Late Anglo-Saxon silver brooch. Originally cross-shaped, the fragment consists of the splayed or pelta-shaped terminal of one arm, with just over one coil of an incomplete integral spring projecting from the edge and coiling under the plate. The plate is broken along the straight edge of a further panel forming the arm of the cross or perhaps the centre of the brooch. The terminal probably originally joined the terminals of the neighbouring arms to form apertures in the internal angles of the cross, across which the plate is now broken. The te…
Created on: Tuesday 13th May 2014
Last updated: Thursday 25th January 2018
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Record ID: SUR-2073D8
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of a cast copper alloy object of 9th century date. The object measures 46mm in length and has one straight side and one side is shaped to fit the cast design. The surviving terminal is in the form of an animal head from whose mouth projects a rounded attachment loop. The head has flattened ears and small circular pits for the eyes, the latter probably intended to receive an inlay. Behind the head is a worn panel which is difficult to interpret and which has been inlaid with niello, a small patch of which survives. There are also two small patches which suggest the former pr…
Created on: Tuesday 13th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 20th May 2014
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Record ID: SUR-0E4225
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wokingham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A 16th century cast copper alloy purse bar belonging to Ward Perkins Class 1a. The bar is complete except for the frame extensions and the securing roves. There is a gripping animal head either side of the central box and suspension two tabs with three holes in each. The arms are decorated with double strands of lattice inlaid with niello. Both sides of the central box are decorated with crossing patterns of double strand lattice, again inlaid with niello.
Created on: Monday 12th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 10th June 2014
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Record ID: PUBLIC-F5BC86
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete fragment of an purse bar dating to the Medieval period. On the underside comprising one arm and two integrally cast loops these lugs acted as stitching holes for the purse material . The bar is inscribed on both sides, but one side is obscured and worn. The purse bar has a lombardic niello inlaid inscription the legible inscription is TECVM (The Lord is with you) DOMINUS would have appeared on the missing section along to the missing central column, on the opposite side ( very worn) section 'ARIA' remains. The missing inscription of this form likely to be 'AVE MARIA GRAC…
Created on: Sunday 11th May 2014
Last updated: Thursday 10th July 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Langdon Hills', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-CDED17
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy unidentified object of probable Late Medieval date, probably 15th or 16th century. It is a bar which is a rounded rectangle in section, slightly curved in profile and tapering towards one end. Both ends appear to be patinated breaks. The upper face (on the outside of the curve) is decorated with a central incised line and diagonal nlines running from the centre to the edge forming a palm like design. The grooves appear to have been inlaid with niello. At the wide end, three crescents form a flower like motif round a circular recess; all are again infilled. The object h…
Created on: Friday 9th May 2014
Last updated: Friday 9th May 2014
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Record ID: NMS-9FE402
Object type: PURSE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a copper alloy pendent loop of a medieval purse frame, both ends broken, C-sectioned, with two attachment holes (one truncated by a break) and part of a niello inlaid engraved legend ] I G a scrolled motif G L O R [ Extant length 61mm. Width 7mm. c.1450 - c.1500.
Created on: Wednesday 7th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 7th May 2014
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Record ID: NMS-8D0BC4
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval sword pommel, hollow cast 'wheel pommel', circular with external chamfer on both faces (diameter 29mm), sub-rectangular perforation for tang in flattened base (11mm x 7mm) and smaller circular perforation in top (diam. 3.5mm). Weighs 24.97g. A separate copper alloy triangular shield-shaped plate has been soldered to both faces, both shields have incised oblique cross-hatching, inlaid with niello, forming the heraldic or pseudo-heraldic field fretty. Many families bore fretty arms. However, without tinctures, it is not possible to identify a likely attribution for the arms, or…
Created on: Tuesday 6th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Record ID: NMS-3A75E4
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Saxon copper alloy harness link, one arm bent, one knobbed loop broken and distorted but complete. The D-sectioned arms end in square bosses flanking the flat central boss, which has scalloped edges and is inlaid with niello in a symmetrical, perhaps plant derived, pattern. Length 90mm. Width (across intact loop) 22mm. Thickness of small bosses 5.3 and 5.4mm, of central boss 3.9mm. 11th century. Only two other harness links with niello inlay can be found on this database. Both are from Norfolk, Ashmanhaugh (HER 42569, NMS-026755) and Wymondham (HER 57220, NMS-9A6AF5).
Created on: Friday 2nd May 2014
Last updated: Monday 20th June 2016
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