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A cast copper alloy Medieval or Post-Medieval mount. The mount is basically square but tapers towards to the top to form a triangle with a projecting knop. In profile the knop is slightly bent back. The face of the mount is inscribed with the letters ‘IHS’ within an incised border which flanks the outside edge of the mount. The underside of the mount has three integral rivets in each corner (the fourth being missing) and its edges are upturned. The mount's patina is mid green and there is a trace of blue above the letter H. Most of the object is covered by light green corrosion product and on the reverse the patina is completely covered either by dirt or corrosion product. The mount measures 32.4mm in length, 23.18mm in width and is between 2.13mm and 3.4mm thick (including the upturned edges). It weighs 7.1g. IHS are the first three letters of Jesus. A comparable mount is illustrated in Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Fig 8, no. 88. This is dated to the 15th century and has a different style of lettering and separate rivets. Length 32.31mm, width 23.52mm, max thickness 2.7mm, weight 7.1g.

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Length: 32.4 mm
Width: 23.18 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Weight: 7.1 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Incomplete

 

Medieval enameled religious belt end- IHS, initials for IESUS HRISTOS SALVATOR, Jesus savior of man - some red and blue enameling remains

 

A complete medieval copper-alloy belt mount (strap-fitting). The thin sheet has been cut to form a 'shell shape'.  It has been perforated fairly centrally to take a rivet (now missing).  On the front face of the mount lines and curves have been engraved into the surface, forming the radiating lines mimicking a shell. There are two main longitudinal grooves, plus diagonal grooves to the sides. The thinness of the piece means that the grooves come up as lines in cameo on the reverse. 'Shell' mounts can be found in Griffiths et al. (2007, 119) dating to the 14th and 15th centuries.  This artefact has corroded to a brown colour with off-white corrosion product in the grooves and some traces of green corrosion.

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1425

 

Medieval octofoil enameled mount - traces of red, blue and gold remain

Stunning 18thC George III silver mount

GEORGE III BELOVED OF HIS PEOPLE

 

 

Medieval cast copper alloy mount. The main body of the mount is triangular, with a projecting arm extending from its shortest edge. The arm has a broken and incomplete semi-circular terminal. The upper surface of the mount has cast decoration in the form of four chevrons. The reverse has an incomplete integrally cast rivet. There is a small amount of gilding surviving on the upper surface. The mount is green-grey in colour, with red-brown showing through on the breaks. It is 18.38mm long, 11.49mm wide, 3.36mm thick and weighs 1.36 grams.

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1300
Date to: AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Length: 18.38 mm
Width: 11.49 mm
Thickness: 3.36 mm
Weight: 1.36 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Surface Treatment: Gilded

 

 

16thC Tudor period enamelled mount - Tudor rose at centre of gilded O

 

Medieval cast copper alloy bar mount. The main body is cirulcar with large central openwork hole. There are two projecting arms extending from opposite sides. Each arm has a circular terminal containing an incomplete copper alloy rivet. The arms have a 'D' shaped cross section. The mount has a green-brown patina. It is 24.55mm long, 8.91mm wide, 4.39mm thick and weighs 2.13 grams.

Class: Bar

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Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1200
Date to: AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Length: 24.55 mm
Width: 8.91 mm
Thickness: 4.39 mm
Weight: 2.13 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

 

 

 

 

Cast copper alloy sexfoil mount of medieval date (c.1300 – 1500AD). The mount has a domed centre with a rectangular hole through it (6.1mm x 3.5mm) for a separate rivet, now lost. The six lobed petals are raised and arranged in a regular ‘Star of David’ pattern. Each petal has a rounded knop like tip and curved sides. Originally the dome would have been higher but it has been lowered by crushing in the burial environment. The petals are faceted and regular in profile. The rear of the mount is plain and un-decorated. The mount has a mid green polished patina. There is little abrasion although the mount is a little asymmetrical. Egan and Pritchard (1993) illustrate a range of flower mounts made of copper alloy sheet, p.186-194. They are highly variable with 5 to 13 petals. These mounts were in common use by the middle of the 14th century and continued to be popular until the late 15th century.

The mount measures 35.5mm in length, 31.9mm in width, and is a maximum of 4.4mm thick. It weighs 5.04 grams

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

 

 
   

A cast copper alloy bar-mount. The mount has an oblong in the centre with rounded terminals

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1150
Date to: AD 1450

 

 

 

 

A copper-alloy mount in the shape of a bird in flight with wings, tail feathers and neck extended. The junction of the wings with the body is delineated by two shallowly inscribed grooves on each side of the main body. The neck of the bird is bent upwards and the head and the tips of the wings are missing. Two integral mounting spikes remain in place on the underside of the mount, one beneath the body and one beneath the tail of the bird. The forward spike is bent backwards and the point of the rear spike is missing. The mount has a light green patina. It is 32mm long, 20.6mm wide, and 13.4mm thick. It weighs 6.28gm. There are many examples of Roman brooches depicting birds, usually interpreted as ducks, but most depict the bird swimming, not flying. There are also some mounts such as YORYM-CA2DB0 which has a similar attachment mechanism, and LIN-BE4186, which is a similar shaped bird, with an out stretched neck, , but swimming not flying. Examples of Bird in flight brooches include SF-7EEF01, SF-058774, SF-A01500 and WAW-01E006. The mount is Roman in date

 

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 410

 

 

 

 

Medieval cast copper alloy mount (probably). In the form of a scallop shell with a double collared knop projecting from the rounded edge

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1500

   

Roman copper alloy pelta-shaped mount. It is semi-circular, with the upper surface having a concave recess to either side of a projecting rectangular arm with rectangular cross section. There is a break across the top of the arm

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Date from: AD 40
Date to: AD 400

 

 

 

 

A cast copper alloy mount of probable Post-Medieval date (1500-1700 AD). The mount is in the shape of a hexagon with semi-circular cut outs to either side removing two of the corners and giving it a 'waisted' appearence. The edge has a flat rim and within this is a flat, raised centre on the front. It is slightly concave on the back.

 

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1500
Date to: AD 1700

 

 
   

Medieval (1250-1500) cast copper alloy bar mount. The mount is rectangular with a raised collar at either end before a circular terminal with a triangular knop. There is a circular rivet hole in each terminal. The mount is bent approximately at two thirds of its length. The metal is red-brown in colour with patches of green corrosion. There are a few very small areas of gilding. In its current bent condition, the mount is 33.17mm long (approximately 50mm long if it were straight) 7.62mm wide across the main body and 7.12mm wide at the terminals. It is 2.56mm thick and weighs 5.44 grams.

Class: Bar

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Weight: 5.44 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Complete

 

 

A gilt copper alloy strap mount. In plan the mount comprises two pointed oval areas, one being smaller than the other. The body is convex and on the reverse are two integral inward pointing arms.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Length: 28 mm
Width: 12 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Surface Treatment: Gilded

 

 

 

A copper-alloy harness pendant suspension mount of Medieval (12th to 14th century) date. The upper part of the mount consists of a circular plate containing two circular rivet holes. Protruding from the base is a tab with central slot. This tab has been folded backwards, creating a loop for the now-missing axis bar. The object is slightly bent and corroded. It measures 34mm long, 22.6mm wide and 5.1mm thick. The weight is 5.46g.

 

Class: Harness pendant suspension

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Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Late Medieval to Post medieval (1450-1650AD) cast copper alloy quatrefoil mount; the knops are sub-rectangular, each with a circular rivet hole. The central body is umbonate, with a circular boss at the apex. The metal is dark red-brown, with some gilding surviving on the surface. The reverse is flat and undecorated. It is 34.36mm long, 5.40mm thick and weighs 9.60 grams.

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1450
Date to: AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Length: 34.36 mm
Thickness: 5.4 mm
Weight: 9.6 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Surface Treatment: Gilded

 

 

Incomplete Medieval (1200-1400) cast copper alloy quatrefoil umbonate mount. One of the four arms is missing, and another is incomplete. The two complete arms are sub-rectangular with a curved terminal and central rivet hole, each containing the remains of an iron rivet. The central section of the mount is pyramidal, with each of the four sides having an openwork circle, The apex of the mount is rounded. The reverse of the mount is hollow. The metal is corroded and it is a patchy brown in colour. It is 27.08mm long, 19.13mm wide, 8.32mm deep and weighs 3.97 grams. It is similar to an example in Read (2001) Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, page 13 no 117 (figure 10 no 117).

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Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1200
Date to: AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Length: 27.08 mm
Width: 19.13 mm
Thickness: 8.32 mm
Weight: 9.97 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Secondary material: Iron

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Incomplete

A cast copper alloy harness suspension mount of medieval date. The mount has four arms, one of which is perforated and folded over to form hinges. The remaining three arms have circular rivet holes which are preceeded by a collar groove. Each of the arms tapers towards the end and terminates in slight knops. The reverse is slightly concaved and undecorated. Traces of gilding survive on the obverse of the mount. The metal has a dark brownish-green patina and is worn. The mount is 39.98mm long, 32.46mm wide, 4.05mm thick and weighs 6.63g.

Notes:

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Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Length: 39.98 mm
Width: 32.46 mm
Thickness: 4.05 mm
Weight: 6.63 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Incomplete

Surface Treatment: Gilded

 

 

A copper-alloy mount of post-medieval (probably 17th century) date.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

 

 

 

Incomplete Roman cast copper alloy mount. It is circular in plan, with a domed head (diameter 20.31mm). There is a stepped in cylindrical projection on the reverse (diameter 12.54mm), with an incomplete iron shank projecting from the centre. The shank has a square cross section (3.54mm thick). It is 17.87mm long and weighs 13.18 grams. It has a dark brown patina and the surface is pitted.

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Date from: AD 40
Date to: AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Weight: 13.18 g
Diameter: 20.31 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Incomplete

 

 

16thC Tudor gold on silver cherub mount (left) - reported as treasure. Interesting to compare a similar example (right) we found in the first half of the season curently going through the treasure process.

 

 

 

A copper-alloy pendent loop which would originally have been suspended from a bar mount. For a parallel for this piece, see Egan and Pritchard, 1991, p. 219, no. 1192. The piece takes the form of a sub-oval frame. The top edge of the frame is flat, while at the bottom a transverse ridge separates the frame from a rounded projection

Cast copper alloy pendent loop from a bar mount. The mount is roughly D-shaped, with a decorative knop projecting from the bottom of the frame. A similar example, albeit with oval loop, is illustrated by Egan and Pritchard 1997.

Class: PENDENT LOOP

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Length: 24.68 mm
Width: 14.85 mm
Thickness: 4.77 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

 

 

 

 

 

A copper alloy Roman votive bird figurine (1st-2nd century AD). The figurine depicts a bird with outstretched winds and neck curved so the head faces one side. The tail is fan-shaped with a scalloped edge representing the ends of feathers. The neck and body are decorated with s-shaped incised lines; the wings and tail are decorated with thicker and more irregular lines all representing the feathers. This decoration is on both the upper and lower surfaces. There is a broken stump where the feet would have been, this is probably where the figurine was attached to another object. The figurine is probably representing a phoenix or an eagle. It is more likely a phoenix due to the long slender neck and short pointed beak (an eagle's beak would be more curved).

Notes:

Figurines of birds are often found on religious sites in southern England. The use of birds alluded to the practice of augury where priests were able to divine the will of the gods from studying bird flight (Booth & Henig 2000:125). Booth, P. and Henig, M. 2000. Roman Oxfordshire. Sutton Publishing Limited, Gloucestershire.

 

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Period to: ROMAN

Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Length: 44.75 mm
Width: 39.63 mm
Thickness: 25.65 mm
Weight: 25.34 g
Quantity: 1

 

 

 

 

A copper-alloy mount of post-medieval (probably 17th century) date. The object is asymmetrical and irregular in shape. The top section consists of a pointed lobe and lies above two sub-oval sections. The mount is roughly squared off at the bottom. Two integral rivets of circular section project from the reverse. One is located at the top and one at the bottom. Both have been deliberately bent downwards. The object is heavily corroded. It measures 21mm high by 6.5mm wide and 4.3mm thick. It weighs 0.9g.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Length: 21 mm
Width: 6.5 mm
Thickness: 4.3 mm
Weight: 0.9 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

 

 

 

 

 

Shield shaped mount with incised monogram: HL. Dimensions: height 43.9mm, width 38.4mm, thickness 4.4mm, weight 22.28g.

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1540
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Length: 43.9 mm
Width: 38.4 mm
Thickness: 4.4 mm
Weight: 22.28 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

 

 

 
 

A copper alloy circular strap mount that probably dates from the post Medieval period. It is domed with a central raised circular stud and decorated with concentric circles. It has been tinned. The reverse has two integral spikes that have been bent over to grip the leather to which it was attached. It has a diameter of 16.6mm, thickness 9.8mm, weight 2.66g.

Class: strap mount

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Thickness: 9.8 mm
Weight: 2.66 g
Diameter: 16.6 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

 

 

A cast copper alloy strap mount. The mount is formed from two lozenge shapes, cast integrally to a rounded section. The object looks like it has been made to resemble a bow, with the knot (rounded section) in the centre and the bows (the lozenge shapes) either side. The knot has been decorated with moulded marks, making this section look like a knot. On the reverse of the mount (behind the lozenges) there are two attachment lugs. The lugs are rectangular and project out from the back of the mount. This is a post-medieval strap mount.

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Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Length: 26.5 mm
Width: 10.8 mm
Thickness: 2.3 mm
Weight: 3.3 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Manufacture method: Cast

 

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