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Quatrefoil, Cinquefoil Sexfoil, Octofoil mounts

A copper-alloy cast mount. The mount is quatrefoil in shape with a cusp in each angle. The reverse has two attachment lugs. The front of the object has an intricate design which consists of four circles, one in each of the quatrefoils. Each circle has an off centred punched circular depression, giving them a crescentic appearance. Between each crescent and expanding from the central circle, there are a series of small rings, extending towards the outer cusps. Traces of silvering are visible on some of these faces.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

 

 

Medieval copper alloy gilt domed octofoil mount, with only traces of gilding surviving

 

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1350
Date to: AD 1400

A Late Medieval/ Early Post-Medieval (15th-early 16th century) cast one-piece copper-alloy mount, convex and cinquefoil in shape

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1630

 

A Medieval (1250-1450) sheet copper alloy (0.50mm thick) domed sexfoil belt mount with a central perforation, 12.84mm in diameter at its base and standing 4.27mm high. It weighs 0.4g. The base of each foil is curved and turns slightly upwards. The central perforation measures 1.26mm in diameter.

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1250
Date to: AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Length: 4.27 mm
Width: 12.84 mm
Thickness: 0.5 mm
Weight: 0.4 g
Diameter: 12.84 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Quadfoil example

 

A copper-alloy sexfoil mount of Medieval date. The mount has been stamped from a piece of sheet-metal. It has six convex petals separated by grooves which cross at the centre. The underside is hollow and there is a possible corroded rivet attachment at the middle. The object is bent and corroded. It measures 16.6mm in diameter, 2.2mm thick and weighs 0.93g. Several examples of sexfoil mounts have been found in excavations in London (see Egan and Pritchard 1991: 186-193).

Class: Sexfoil

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Stamped

 

 

Medieval cast copper alloy cinquefoil mount. The mount is domed and has a central rivet hole. It is 13th or 14th century in date.

cf Read, 2001 'Metal Artefacts of Antiquity' Fig9, nos.107 and 109

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Complete

 

Roman cinquefoil mount

A Late Medieval/ Early Post-Medieval (15th-early 16th century) cast one-piece copper-alloy mount, star shaped

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1630

Roman mount

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