Metal vessels

Metal vessels

If you have a complete vessel, please show your FLO. Only record fragments. Parts include: Rim, body, base, handle mounts and handle lugs (an integral part of the vessel to hold the handle). If you only have one piece, still choose the object type as ‘Vessel’ then indicate which part in sub classification. Each part has its own vocabulary, so check records on the database for specifics. If in doubt, hand it to your FLO.
Iron Age vessel handle mounts are occasionally found. They can be in the form of a bovine head. These can come from metal or wooden vessels. Your FLO would like to see these.

  • Roman vessels were made by hammering and so can be very thin, or are cast. Wall fragments generally do not survive in good condition, so you usually only find mounts, handles (flat, cylindrical, drop, arched and jug), turned bases and feet.
  • Early Medieval vessel remains usually consist of copper fittings from wooden buckets e.g. strips used to hold the bucket together, handle mounts, and arched handles. Entirely metal vessels are for the FLO, including hanging bowls.
  • Medieval and Early Post Medieval vessels can be cast. They come in the form of: Cooking vessels (cauldrons, skillets, pipkins), 1200 - 1600 AD. Look out for signs of soot; chafing dishes (used to contain charcoal to keep other vessels warm) are 1400 to 1700 AD; ewers (jugs for pouring water or washing hands); and vessel fragments with repair patches or rivets.

Example description

An incomplete Medieval cast copper alloy vessel rim. It has a simple rim, sides that flare slightly outwards. There are two circular integral handle lugs just below the rim. There is no decoration. The rim is in a good condition, with little corrosion. The rim is 12mm high, and 24.5mm long. The thickness of the walls is 6mm. It weighs 100g. This type of vessel has been dated to the 13th century.

Example records