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    2009 Feb finds page

    Incomplete harness strap distributor (probably a bridle cheek piece) of the late Anglo-Saxon to early Norman period

    ROMAN (Certain) to ROMAN (Certain), Circa 75 AD - Circa 200 AD bottom part of the same type of enameled brooch below found earlier in the season

    ROMAN (Certain) to ROMAN (Certain), Circa 75 AD - Circa 200 AD

    Object Type: Head stud Brooch
    Help Incomplete copper alloy ‘Roman ‘head stud’ brooch. What survives is the upper part only. The wings are semi-cylindrical, short and one wing is truncated. The spring fixing lug is broken, the spring and pin are entirely missing. A small worn knop to the top of the brooch is probably the remains of a chain loop fitting. On the head of the brooch is a worn, raised stud formed of two concentric circles. This may once have been enamelled, though no traces survive. On the surviving portion of the bow are two vertically placed recessed squares, the upper contains red enamel, the lower is empty. These squares presumably continued down the bow. The lower half of the brooch is missing, along with the catchplate. No original surface survives. Exposed surfaces are mid and light green. The broken edges, though not fresh, are not well worn, suggesting damaged occurred in the more recent past. The width of the wings is 20.48mm, the bow is 10.78wide, the brooch is 28.95mm long and weighs 10.68g. Brooches of this type date from about AD 75 to AD 200. Examples can be seein in Hattatt, 1987, Brooches of antiquity, page 123, figure 41.

    1st/2ndC Roman bronze sent for ID 29.47mm, 15.03g

    3rd/4th C Roman bronze sent for ID 26.44m, 4.89g

    Roman bronze key

    Venetian Soldino hammered silver coin 0.26g,12.08mm

    Rev: LAVS TIBI SOLI (Thee Alone be Praised). Haloed figure of Christ holding a cross.

    Obv: LE LAV DVX S M V (Leonardo Lauredan, Doge. St Mark of Venice.) Doge kneeling before Saint Mark.

    Roman statue base fragment ?
    2oz Victorian trade weight
    1942 George VI milled silver sixpence (159)



    16thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    17thC mount with looped supsension ring
    Medieval ear wax double ended scraper
    Reaserching this stud
    Medieval spur fragment
    15th C lead token - Type 2
    17thC button
    Large 17thC baldric buckle
    16thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    Belgium 2 centimes
    20thC Continental silver watch back - 92.5% silver
    Huge 1797 George III cartwheel penny
    Medieval lead pot mend
    William III silver sixpence fragment (160)
    1940 George VI milled silver shilling (12 pence) (161)
    1936 George VImilled silver florin (24 pence) (162)
    1922 George VImilled silver florin (24 pence) (163)
    1696 William III milled copper farthing
    1753 George II copper farthing
    1795 pattern Royal Artillery concave one pices button

    One piece Navy button



    Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

    RN - Packet Service
    ( Mail & Supplies Delivery )

    Firmin & Co

    1158- 1180 Henry II Tealby cross and crosslets hammered silver cut qtr penny
    Stunning 1649 Commonwealth hammered silver penny
    17th hammered coper trade farthing - Daniel Walker of Woodbridge Suffolk - Grocer
    1653 hammered coper trade farthing - Jeremy Erds of Manningtree Essex
    Medieval book clasp
    1550-1650 buckle
    1550-1650 buckle

    Tiny 1307 Edward II hammered silver farthing (1/4 pence) Type 28 - 12.44mm, 0.29g


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint

    2- 1674 Charles II milled copper farthings

    RN Capt / Commander - 1825
    RN Lieutenant - 1825
    RN Midshipman - 1825
    In use 1825 - 1827


    Backmark - Turner & Sons

    16thC Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
    Interesting shield mount with red enameled raised circle design - Post medieval
    Georgian watch winder


    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    Medieval hooked mount with single rivet fixing
    Silver corner protector - Birmingham hallmark 96% silver - date letter for 1900
    16th/17thC button
    Roman silver coin fragment - 'cooking' it to remove 'hornsilver' crust
    Medieval spur fragment

    Very interesting hammered silver penny - 17.36mm, 1.06g

    1341 AD Edward III florin type CIVI/TAS/DVN/ELN - Durham mint - note the crozier to one limb of cross in inset (after ELN)


    Interesting small foreign silver coin with a copper tinge 16.71mm,0.42g - need to check World coin book

    Obv GIA DVX.FIRIO.G****

    Medieval spur fragment
    Essex Reg cap badge
    Lead mount
    1550-1650 buckle
    4thC Roman bronze

    1920 George VI milled silver sixpence

    Silver count (165) +1

    Saxon wrist band with punched circle design - 63.87mm W x 4.92mm T
    Antonio Venier (1382-1400) AD hammered Soldino silver Venetian coin

    1399- 1413 Henry IV hammered silver penny - quartrefoil with pellet at the centre of reverse cross -16.82mm, 0.88g


    Rev CIVI/TAS/EBO/RAC - York mint

    Saxon gilded and decorated hanger
    Medieval spur fragment
    1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
    Not sure what this is ?
    2 - 17thC hook mounts with 2 rivet fixings
    Georgian watch winder
    Medieval decorated book clasp
    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    Medieval mount with 2 integral lugs
    Stunning 17thC decorated hooked sword hanger
    Roman military buckle with integral chape
    17th C lock plate
    1614 James 1st hammered silver half groat
    C10th C Saxon harness strap distributer

    French police


    Back mark


    23 M Paris

    WWII Royal airforce button
    19thC livery button - raised hand
    WWII USA Royal marines button
    Peruvian lead bale seal
    Georgian pastry jigger wheel
    Antonio Venier (1382-1400) AD hammered Soldino silver Venetian coin
    1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing

    1461 - 1483 Edward IV Irish coin hammered silver penny - note the two Rosettes by neck on Obverse which is only on the irish Edward IV's. Still researching this coin in the Irish books as it not one I have ever seen before or a legend I know, great find.

    Obv DI GR

    Rv ***/DER ???


    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    1483 Richard III hammered silver long cross penny
    19thC livery button
    1550-1650 buckle
    Curious button with raised cross design - could be late medieval


    16th C Tudor period necklace glass bead
    Interesting rod that I thought initially was a key - not sure of it's use. It is possible that it is a different type of latch key.
    1880's pattern Prussian Army button
    20thC Girl Guides badge

    1586 Hans Krauwincel II Rose orb Jeton


    1550-1650 buckle
    Navy badge
    County Borough of newport tramways button
    Elephant charm
    1550-1650 buckle
    Georgian buckle
    Post medieval lead cloth seal
    Small cross pendant with punched design - possibly Saxon
    Roman knife pommel
    1634 Charles 1st hammered copper rose farthing
    20thC slot machine token
    15thC lead token - long cross and pellet Type 2
    Great condition 1778 George III copper penny
    Georgian buckle
    Georgian Button overstamped 'DENTS' ?
    Interesting pot fot - probably Georgian
    Small Romano/British bronze bead
    18thC crotal bell
    Romano/British widget - we have found another one currently under investigation at Colchester museum
    Georgian watch winder
    17thC duck head S buckle fragment - pewter

    Great find, early Napoleonic lead statue mount -found on a French Napoleonic POW site - 74mm H

    The hat shows the symbol of a fusiliers


    16th C Tudor decorated knife handle - 83.7mm L

    WWII Royal Marines button
    16th/17thC button
    1696 William III milled silver sixpence (166)
    1696 William III milled silver sixpence (167)
    Medieval silver long cross penny in the 'cooker' to remove the horn silver crust
    16th C Elizabeth 1st hammered silver sixpence
    RN Capt / Commander - 1812
    Coldstream Guards

    Officer - 1855
    Medieval decorated strap guide - 2 rivet fixing 32.91mm L x 17.46 mm W
    Corporation button
    1550-1650 buckle
    1836 William IIII milled silver four pence (168)

    Probably one of the smallest hammered silver coins you can find, 1/3rd the weight of a Medieval silver farthing

    1625-42 Charles 1st hammered silver half penny - Rose each side - no legend type

    0.17g, 9.5mm

    Annia Galeria Faustina, more familiarly referred to as Faustina the Elder (Latin: Faustina Major; born September 21 about 100, died 141), was a Roman Empress and wife of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.

    Sent off for ID

    1670 's Charles II milled silver four pence - undated type (169)
    1928 George V milled silver sixpence (170)
    Georgian pastry jigger wheel
    15thC thimble
    Royal Navy - Officers (Roped Rim) Lined Background 17.5mm 1843-1891
    Post medieval bale seal

    1341 AD Edward III florin type CIVI/TAS/DVN/ELM - Durham mint - note the crozier to one limb of cross (after ELM)


    1272 Edward Ist hammered silver penny class 9b

    Rev VILLA/****/NDI - Bury St Edmonds mint

    1272 Edward 1st hammered silver penny

    Obv EDW ******HYB

    Rev CIVI/TAS *****

    2nd C Roman plate brooch - 27.39mm H x 21.16mm W
    Medieval beehive thimble
    George II trade weight - Crown G cipher
    1704 Queen Anne trade weight
    Looks like a medieval barrel lock part - still working on it
    1860 Victorian copper farthing in great shape
    18thC lead sewing palm guard
    Medieval pot foot
    1787 Dutch lead bale seal
    George III copper in great shape
    Georgian lead tobacco jar lid handle
    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    1628 Charles 1st hammered silver sixpence - Anchor mintmark - Group E

    Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

    THE ARMY SERVICE CORPS (1914 -1918)


    Medieval badges Ref Mitchiner p244 939 - 941


    'A badge for a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in bronze and dating somewhere around C13/14th possibly very slightly later . This is a very scarce item and it relates to The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem being a Catholic chivalric order of Knighthood that traces its roots to Godfrey of Bouillon, principal leader of the First Crusade. According to reliable sources in the Vatican and Jerusalem, it began in historical reality as a mixed clerical and lay confraternity (association) of pilgrims which gradually grew around the most central of the Christian holy places in the Middle East, the Holy Sepulchre or the tomb of Jesus Christ.This would have been a pin for a member of the order , there is a mark on the reverse where the original pin would have been fixed

    18thC toy flintlock pistol

    1819 George III milled silver sixpence (171)
    Georgian seal matrix
    1578 Dutch low countries Antwerp hand coin weight - Cornelis Jansen 1564- 1604 - 4.98g, 15.37mm sq
    Medieval bronze open topped thimble (a)21.89mm dia, 6.59g


    16thC copper alloy open topped thimble (b)1.75g,17.8mm dia
    4thC Roman bronze coin sent off for ID 17.04mm, 1.28g
    1681 Charles II milled silver groat (4 pence) (172)
    1593 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver six pence - Tun mintmark 6th issue
    1634-5 Charles 1st hammered silver half groat - Tower mint under Charles 1st - Bell mintmark - Type 3a1, no inner circles

    Royal fusiliers button ? Not checked books yet

    Back mark Best Quality S

    Roman decorated dagger quillion fragment - petal design 38.34 mm dia
    18thC Swedish copper coin ? not checked ref books yet
    1818 George III milled silver forgery
    1250 - 1500 buckle
    1500 -1650 buckle
    1572 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver penny - Ermine mint mark 4th issue
    1697 William III milled silver sixpence (173)
    1728 George II milled silver sixpence (174)
    1649 Commonwealth hammered silver half groat - S shaped love token
    1582-3 Elizabeth 1st hammered silver half groat
    1946 George VI milled silver sixpence (175)
    Tiny 1625 Charles 1st hammered silver half penny - rose both sides, no legend type - 10.19mm, 0.32g
    1594-6 Elizabeth hammered silver half groat 6th issue - Woolpack mintmark
    1931 George V milled silver sixpence (176)
    'That's a denarius of Trajan - predecessor of Hadrian (who built a wall up your way - you might have heard of it...) - under whose reign from 98-117 AD. the Roman Empire attained its largest size (briefly, before Hadrian gave Parthia back to the Parthians).
    The reverse reads 'S.P.Q.R. OPTIMO PRINCIPI" - a standard reverse legend paired with dozens of reverse types.  This one seems to be Mars advancing right.  This series dates to about 107 AD. and the obverse legend in its entirety most likely reads IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P.' Mark
    19.2mm, 2.36g
    1921 George V milled silver three pence (177)
    1929 George V milled silver shilling(12 pence) (178)
    17thC William III milled silver 6 pence (179)
    RN Capt / Commander - 1812
    1942 George VI milled silver sixpence (180)
    Corporation button
    18thC Harsp and clasp parts of a clog fastener
    Interesting Roman widget - no idea of it's use yet
    Very interesting twisted brooch - Lombaric style lettering suggests Medieval period
    Roman bronze sent for ID - 2.03g, 17.8mm
    Roman bronze sent for ID 1.30g, 16.34mm
    4thC Roman buckle - very unusual type with central iron mounting - seperate bar for attachment of belt 34.81mm L x 30.76mm
    Georgian watch winder with cupid design
    3rd C Roman broze coin sent for ID

    1377-1399 Richard II hammered silver cut 1/4 penny

    Obv CIVI/TAS/DVN/OLM - Durham mint

    0.37mm ,8.81mm

    1341 Edward III ahmmered silver penny - Cross 3 - Florin type


    Rev CIVI/TAS/LON/DON - London mint



    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs


    Medieval Boy Bishop lead token

    Obv Long cross and pellet

    Rev Bishop mitre

    Medieval decorated knife quillion - iron tang remains
    17thC mount with 2 integral lugs
    1919 George V milled silver sixpence (181)
    Georgian harness mount
    Victorian lion head mount - 2 integral lugs
    Georgian hinge
    18thC Royal artillery button
    Napoleonic Navy button ?
    Georgian bell clapper

    Stunning 13thC personal lead seal matric with complete supsension loop - 32.33mm dia, 24.84g

    Legend S'ICILN.RI.ARDIFIL.JRADVLU - Seal of Iciln


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