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08/17/2017 06:17 AM
Medieval book clasp, (c. 1350-1450). The clasp is made from cast copper alloy and is functionally a strap end of composite 'forked spacer' type (Egan and Pritchard, 1991, 140-146), two plates, set either side of the fork, forming a socket for the strap. Traces of the solder that secured them are present. In front of the fork is a 20.0mm diameter, hemispherical boss, its face marked by six, incised, radiating lines, linked by curved lines. Through the boss is a 3.2mm diameter hole which would have originally fitted over a pin, holding the strap in place around the book. The clasp terminates in a powerful, chisel-cut, animal's head, with long, lentoid ears, flanking a sharply defined, three faced, pyramid. The animal's eyes are also lentoid but set vertically. In its gaping jaws is a 5.0mm diameter loop, which on other examples has held a wire ring. These object are discussed in record IOW-6B705B, a comparable object. Length 79.8mm, Width 22.0mm, Thickness 10.0mm, Mass 38.95g.

08/17/2017 06:17 AM
Post Medieval harness mount (c.1600-1700). Shield-shaped, cast copper alloy, gilded on one side, this bears the face of a cherub surrounded by leaf scrolls. On its back are two, integrally cast spikes, bent over clench them. When found there were traces of leather beneath these spikes. Length 3.0mm, Width 28.2mm, Thickness 3.3mm, Mass 10.44g.

08/17/2017 06:17 AM
Post Medieval toggle, cast copper alloy, the attachment being in the form of two, conjoined rings linked by a flat-sectioned bar to a cylindrical fitting, the ends of which are pointed. Length 24.5mm, Width 23.0mm, Thickness 8.0mm, Mass 8.09g.Objects like this present something of a problem which is reviewed in the discussion of SOM-5CC893. None have ever been found in a dated context. They were initially described as the pestles from Roman cosmetic grinders which seems unlikely in view of their small size. Comparison can be made with Roman toggles and button and loop fasteners but none of these has the same, double loop, fixing as are seen on these pieces and a post Medieval dating is suggested.

08/17/2017 06:17 AM
Post Medieval harness mount (c. 1500-1700). Cast copper alloy, consisting of a trapezoid plate with a flat, D shaped section. This terminates in a transverse moulding and a projection suggesting a highly simplified animal's head. On the underside are two spikes, clenched over to attach the mould to a leather strap, the remains of which are present. Length 28.0mm, Width 10.6mm, Thickness 6.0mm, Mass 3.07g.

08/17/2017 06:16 AM
Post Medieval button, (c. 1600-1700). Cast pewter/lead alloy with an integral loop on its back. This is placed on the line of the casting mould joint. On the front of the button is a crude face with a wedge-shaped nose, pellet eyes above which are eye-brows and bar representing the mount. There appears to be a crown over the top of the face. This button may be compared to NLM-D526F2 which, in turn, is compared to buttons bearing the CR monogram suggesting a seventeenth century date. Certainly these buttons are technically, if not stylistically, similar. If this is a depiction of the king, it is a less than flattering one. Diameter 19.3mm, Height 16.0mm, Thickness 5.8mm, Mass 10.00g.

08/17/2017 06:16 AM
534Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age flint implement (c. 3,400-1,600BC), irregular piece of dark grey, translucent flint with cortex over the dorsal face. Ventral face struck with a well defined bulb of percussion. Retouch, Invasive, scaled, semi-abrupt around narrow end and partly up one side. The form of this object suggests a late date. Length 43.2mm, Width 21.9mm, Thickness 17.0mm, Mass 11.89g.

08/17/2017 06:16 AM
Late/Post Medieval purse bar of Williams (Finds Research Group Datasheet, forthcoming) Class H2. Copper alloy with punched, foliate decoration on the central block and around the loop which, on one face, has been almost completely worn away. Across the apex of the loop is row of close-packed punch marks flanked by two rows of incised arcs. The loop is made from a piece of sheet metal, folded around to form a tapering sleeve. Between the narrow ends of the loop is a square block, secured by a single 4.0mm diameter rivet, its ends flush with the faces of the loop. A pin projects from the underside of this block and passes through the central block from which the two bars of the purse project. The pin terminates in a rove which secures it in place and allows the loop and bars to articulate. The bars are round sectioned, 5.0mm diameter, terminating in 12.4mm diameter, biconical bosses. Width 70.0mm, Height 51.1mm, Thickness 13.1mm, Mass 37.89g.This purse bar is very similar to ESS-ECF117, the decoration on which David Williams (ibid.) compared to that seen on the sleeve of a garment worn in a portrait of Sir Thomas Gresham c. 1565.

08/17/2017 04:18 AM
Approximately half of the plate originating from a strap clasp or possible buckle of Medieval date, c. 1250-1400. It is rectangular in plan, demonstrating two rivet holes at its rear edge and a single larger circular aperture towards its front edge, where it curves around before truncating abruptly in old damage. Preserved in poor condition with an even green patina, it measures 27.53mm long, 15.85mm wide and 1.31mm thick at its midpoint. It weighs 2.85g. A similar plate is published by Egan (2007) see p. 95, no. 578.

08/17/2017 03:51 AM
A Roman copper alloy nummus of Constans (AD 337-350), dating to AD 341-346. VICTORIAE DD AVGG Q NN reverse type, depicting two victories facing each other each holding a wreath. Mint of Trier.

08/17/2017 03:45 AM
A worn and broken silver hammered penny struck for Henry V, dating c. 1413-1422. Class G (no marks by neck) mint of London. As North 1399.

08/17/2017 03:25 AM
A complete and worn Medieval silver penny of Edward III (1327-1377), minted at London. Third (florin) coinage, 1344-1351 (North 1991: 47, refs: 1113-1114).Obverse: ED[ ]DnS (annulet stop) hYB (Lombardic N); Crowned bust facing with a bifoliate crown.Reverse: CIVI/TAS/LOn/DOn (Lombardic Ns); Long cross dividing the inscription with three pellets in each quadrant.Diameter: 17.8mm. Weight: 1.18g. DA=12:5.North, J.J. 1991. English Hammered Coinage, Volume II, Edward I to Charles II, 1272-1662. Spink & Son, London.

08/17/2017 03:20 AM
Medieval hammered silver penning of Eric of Pommerania. On the obverse there is a crown with the legend reading ERICVS REX D S. The reverse is a short cross with the legend MONETA [ ]. The coin was possibly minted at Naestved. The coin was struck between c.1403 and c.1413 AD.

08/17/2017 03:18 AM
A silver-plated and copper alloy cored contemporary copy of a silver Roman denarius of the Roman Republic, dating to c. 148 - 100 BC (Reece period 1). Reverse type possibly depicting a quadriga (four-horse chariot) going right. The top half of the coin has been broken away. Mint illegible. The overall dimensions are as follows: 18.09mm in diameter, 1.61mm in thickness and 1.45g in weight.

08/17/2017 02:40 AM
A complete copper alloy Roman nummus of Constans, dating to the period AD 348-50 (Reece period 18). FEL TEMP REPARATIO reverse type, depicting a soldier holding spear, advancing right, leading small figure from hut. Minted in Trier.c.f LRBC nos.29/30a/31

08/17/2017 02:38 AM
An incomplete cast copper-alloy double looped buckle of late Medieval to early Post-Medieval date, c. 1350-1550. Originally rectangular in plan, around half the buckle is missing in old damage with one loop broken away entirely and the rest of the buckle very distorted in post-depositional damage. The remaining edge of the frame is 'D' shaped in section, especially thickened and demonstrating five projecting lobes alternating with five deep rabbets. A vertical groove stretching along the outer surface of each of these lobes would originally have contained copper-alloy wire, though this is now missing in old damage. Preserved in fair condition with an even blackish green patina, it measures 33.15mm long, 15.21mm thick between the frame and strap-bar, and 5.81mm thick at the outer edge of the frame. It weighs 7.43g. A rectangular buckle frame with similar rabbetted edges is noted from Medieval London in contexts dating to c.1270-1350 AD (Egan and Pritchard, 1991: no. 443). Another parallel is noted from Norwich in contexts dated to c.1550-1700 AD (Margeson, 1993: no. 154). Cf. also WILT-286AD2 WILT-84FC77 on the PAS database.

08/17/2017 02:24 AM
An incomplete copper alloy Roman nummus of Constantius II, probably dating to the period AD 330-48 (Reece period 17). Uncertain reverse type and mint.

08/17/2017 02:24 AM
Incomplete Colchester-derivative brooch of Mackreth's (2011) Type CD H dating to the period c. AD 90 - 150. The pin, lower bow, foot and catchplate are missing. The wings are cylindrical, with a seam across the back and a central slot for the missing hinged pin. The corroded remains of the iron axis bar are visible within. One wing is incomplete due to old damage. The bow arches back from the head and tapers to a heavily worn break. There are faint traces of longitudinal engraved decoration running down the centre of the bow.

08/17/2017 02:16 AM
A bodysherd of Iron Age to Roman coarse ware (c. 300 BC - AD 200). The inner surface of the sherd is black; the outer surface is oxidised to a pale orange-grey colour. The fabric is soft and fine grained. The temper is extremely coarse and mainly comprises small (≤ 2mm) angular fragments of quartz and plant (grass and moss) inclusions. The pot has no straitions and is uneven suggesting it has been hand made.The overall dimensions are as follows: 35.22mm in length, 28.84mm in width, 7.86mm in thickness and 10.13g in weight.

08/17/2017 02:09 AM
A complete copper alloy Roman nummus of the House of Constantine, dating to the period AD 330-40 (Reece period 17). VRBS ROMA obverse type, depicting she-wolf and twins on the reverse. Uncertain mint.

08/17/2017 02:09 AM
A complete cast copper-alloy buckle of Meols type 11 dating to the Medieval period, c. 1250-1400. The buckle frame and pin are preserved intact, though the plate is missing in old damage. It is 'D' shaped in plan, with an offset constricted strap bar (around which the wound wire pin is attached) and a thickened outer edge to the frame demonstrating knopped terminals and a sheet-metal roller decorated with two rows of incised parallel lines. Preserved in fair condition with a dark brownish patina, it measures 21.48mm long, 18.32mm wide, and 5.41mm thick at the sheet roller. It weighs 4.22g. For a practically identical buckle, see Egan (2007) p. 91, no. 549, though this example is slightly more elongated.