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Treasure Case: 2010 T166 Dress Pin (Bodkin)

Date of Discovery: 1st March 2010

Circumstances of discovery: Whilst searching with a metal detector.

Description: Distorted and damaged cast silver dress-pin with incised decoration. The terminal is in the shape of a pineapple, formed of a cross-hatched oval with an upside down triangle representing the foliage. There is an incomplete loop at the apex of the pineapple. There are two rectangular 'eye' openings separated by a rectangular panel containing a flower motif. The upper opening has oblique lines to either side. The lower opening only has one edge surviving. The shaft has a rectangular cross section and it tapers to a point. A zigzag motif extends part way along the shaft on both sides. The pin it bent back on itself at the point of the second rectangular opening. The tip of the pin has several bends. In its current condition, it measures 69.92mm long, has a maximum width of 3.62mm, is 1.52mm thick and weighs 2.68 grams. If straight, the pin would be approximately 97mm long.

Date: Post Medieval - 17th Century

Disposition: Disclaimed

The object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Laura McLean Finds Liaison Officer, Essex. Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service. April 2010

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Chronology

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

 

 

TREASURE CASE 2009 T522 post-medieval silver dress pin

British Museum Report Dr Dora Thornton British Museum

Discription: Silver pin of "bodkin type", quadrangular section broken off at point where longitudinal opening would have been, tapering to a point. Plain on back, etched on front with flower-head and chevron design with foliate infill.

Date: 17th Century type.

Conclusion: As such, due to its age and precious metal content, this object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Dimensions: In its distorted condition it is 38.62mm long; if straightened, it would be approximately 80mm long. It is 3.83mm wide, 2.02mm thick tapering to 1.39mm wide, 0.95mm thick. It weighs 3.47 grams.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009 T522

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

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

Dimensions and weight

Weight: 3.47 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Incomplete

 

Treasure case:2007 T539 Post Medieval (17th century) incomplete silver dress pin. There is a break across a rectangular slot at one end. The pin is decorated with incised lines below the eye, and is inscribed with the intials EF. It is bent half way along its length. It would have measured approximately 100mm long if straightened. It is rectangular in cross section, measuring 5.08mm by 2.80mm at eye end and 0.77mm by1.47mm at tip. It weighs 6.66 grams.

Notes:

British Museum Report on Treasure 2007 T539 Silver dress pin , quadrangular shaft bent along its length and tapering to a point, broken at rectangular opening at one end. Undecorated other than the engraved owner’s initials EF on the underside. Late 17th Century. As such, due to its age and precious metal content, this object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996. A common type, frequently reported through the Treasure Act. Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections

Class: Dress

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1650
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Weight: 6.66 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Incomplete

17thC silver bodkin needle

 

 

17thC silver bodkin needles

 

TREASURE CASE 2008 T165 Post Medieval hollow silver artifact British Museum Report on 2008 T165 This pin is undiagnostic and hard to date, but likely to be post 1708. It therefore falls outside the remit of the Treasure Act 1996. Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections Additional indformation: Hollow silver pin of uncertain date. It is 35.61mm long, 8.05mm wide and weighs 0.9 grams. The pin has a square cross section at the head, changing to a quatrefoil cross section along the length of the shaft. The shaft tapers in thickness, and is incomplete with a worn break. Laura McLean Finds Liaison Officer (Essex)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Post AD 1708

Dimensions and weight

Length: 35.61 mm
Width: 8.05 mm
Weight: 0.9 g
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Completeness: Incomplete

 

 

Stunning 16thC Tudor gilded silver pin

Pin dia 10.88mm, 4.68g

 

Treasure number 2007 T538: Post Medieval silver dress-pin-head. The spherical hollow cast pin head has a transverse line dividing it into two hemispherical sections. The surface has with applied filigree decoration in the form of circlets and knobs. Each hemisphere has three circlets, each containing three smaller circlets forming a trefoil with a central knob. Two of these knobs are missing from the lower hemisphere. The larger circlets are divided by knobs, and there is a further knob at the apex of the pin head. There is a worn break where the shaft was attached. The surface of the pin is dull grey, with some of the original silver colouring showing through. This pin-head is of typical 16th century design. See Treasure Annual Report 2004 no 295 for comparison. Dimensions: Diameter: 9.32mm, length: 9.85mm, weight: 1.60 grams.

Notes:

British Museum Report Treasure number 2007 T538 Spherical dress pin head with central rope twist band around the centre, filigree circlets and knops all over the surface. Signs of where the pin shaft was originally soldered on. A common type frequently reported through the Treasure Act. 16th Century. As such, due to its age and precious metal content, this object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996. Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1500
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Length: 9.85 mm
Weight: 1.6 g
Diameter: 9.32 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Manufacture method: Multiple

Completeness: Incomplete

Treasure 2008 T584 Post Medieval silver pin head, with traces of gilding. Post Medieval (16th century) globular pin head, cast in silver with gilding. There is a small circular depression where the shaft would have extended from. The pinhead is divided into two hemispheres by a raised band. Each hemisphere has four raised circular domes surrounded by a beaded border. There is an integrally cast knop between each dome and the dividing border, one of which is missing from the lower hemisphere. The upper hemisphere has an additional knop at its apex. It is 10.60mm long, 10.92mm in diameter and weighs 2.94 grams. British Museum Report: Silver-gilt pin head from a dress pin, shaft broken off at head. Decorated on each hemisphere with large gilt lobes with cable ornament around them and knops in between. Part of a 16th Century dress pin of a kind frequently reported through the Act. For a very similar pin see TAR 2005-6, no. 789. As such, due to its age and precious metal content, this object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996. Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections The British Museum

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: AD 1500
Date to: AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Length: 10.6 mm
Weight: 2.94 g
Diameter: 10.92 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Completeness: Fragment

Surface Treatment: Gilded

 

 

 

TREASURE CASE 2009 T523 Post Medieval pin

Date of Discovery: 22nd September 2009

Circumstances of discovery: Whilst searching with a metal detector

Description: Incomplete cast silver gilt pin head. The surviving section is one half of a hollow sphere with applied filigree decoration. The decoration is comprised of three sets of two concentric filigree circles containing a central knop, with a further knop between each set of concentric circles. At the apex of the head is a small circular hole. The gilding survives over most of the surface however it is missing on the knops. It is 8.84mm in diameter, 4.71mm deep and weighs 0.71 grams.

Date: Post Medieval, 16th century.

Disposition: Disclaimed

The object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Laura McLean Finds Liaison Officer, Essex. Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service. January 2010

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009 T523

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Thickness: 4.71 mm
Weight: 0.71 g
Diameter: 8.84 mm
Quantity: 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver

Manufacture method: Cast

Completeness: Fragment

Surface Treatment: Gilded