Strap Fittings

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-BE949B
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 Chronology
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Height: 36 mm
Width: 13 mm
Weight: 4.1 g
 Spatial data
Region: South East (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County) 
District: Canterbury (District) 
Parish or ward: Barham (Civil Parish) 
 Description

A copper-alloy post-medieval strap fitting. The strap fitting is sub-triangular in shape, tapering to form a backwards facing hook, which has a copper alloy ring attached, which moves freely and is approximately 12 mm in external diameter. The upper portion of the strap fitting has a concave edge, below this there are two vertically arranged circular rivets in situ, which have iron corrosion products surrounding them. There is a transverse groove below the rivets. The hook has a D-shaped cross-section as does the strap fitting overall. The reverse is undecorated and is concave. A comparable example can be found illustrated in Read (2008, 221; ref. 796) which he dates to around the 16th or 17th century AD. Such mounts were possibly associated with sword belts and a number of comparable example are recorded on the database, such as WILT-B55875 and WILT-F66976.

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 12th January 2014
 Site
MHF Club Dig - Arable

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-AFE637
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Length: 31 mm
Width: 9 mm
Thickness: 2.02 mm
Weight: 2.15 g
 Spatial data
Region: London (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority) 
District: Bexley (London Borough) 
Parish or ward: St. Mary's (London Borough Ward)
 Description

A copper-alloy post-medieval strap fitting. The strap fitting is sub-triangular in shape, tapering to form a backwards facing hook, which has a copper alloy ring attached, which moves freely and is approximately 12 mm in external diameter. The upper portion of the strap fitting has a concave edge, there is a transverse groove below this. The hook has a D-shaped cross-section as does the strap fitting overall. The reverse is undecorated and is concave.

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th February 2017
 Site
Pasture 1a

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-211D9D
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Length: 50 mm
Width: 24 mm
Thickness: 4.9 mm
Weight: 9.79 g
 Spatial data
Region: London (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority) 
District: Bexley (London Borough) 
Parish or ward: St. Mary's (London Borough Ward)
 Description

A complete copper alloy early post-medieval toggle clasp for a sword belt or hanger, dating from AD1500 - AD1700. The main body of the clasp is sub-triangular and tapering in width. At the broader end is an integral open circular suspension loop, 17mm in diameter, with a sub-rectangular recessed aperture and a smaller circular hoop, 9mm in diameter, protruding at an angle. Two transverse ridges and a 9mm wide waist divide the loop from a convex central ovaloid lobe, which measures 14mm wide and contains a corroded rivet near the ridges. This central lobe is concave on the reverse, creating a C-shaped cross-section. On the other side of the central lobe is a single transverse ridge superceding a smaller circular lobe, 10mm in width, and containing a second corroded rivet, which can be seen protruding from the reverse. The strap fitting ends with a terminal knop 5mm wide. Parallels can be seen in Read, 2008 no 764 and on the database cf HAMP-7DD045

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 19th January 2017
 Site
Pasture 1a

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-4CD628
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Height: 58 mm
Width: 18 mm
Weight: 7.61 g
 Spatial data
Region: South East (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County) 
District: Tonbridge and Malling (District) 
Parish or ward: Wrotham (Civil Parish) 
 Description

A copper-alloy post-medieval strap fitting of probably 1600-1800 date. The fitting has an oval body with a horizontal rectangular projection at either end. It has a flat rectangular cross section. At one end there is a circular attachment lug with a large central perforation. at the other end there is a rectangular projection which could once have been a hook, but that has been broken away by an old break.

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 25th July 2015
 Site
Pasture 4

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-91E568
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Height: 39.25 mm
Width: 18.72 mm
Thickness: 1.39 mm
Weight: 4.92 g
 Spatial data
Region: South East (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County) 
District: Canterbury (District) 
Parish or ward: Kingston (Civil Parish) 
 Description

An incomplete copper-alloy hooked strap mount, Post-Medieval date, 1500-1700. The fitting is complete and consists of a hooked mount, with a sub-rectangular body in plan, with very slightly curved sides, and a simple hook emerging from one end. The face of the body bears vegetal motif in low relief. Two iron rivets are preserved in the body of the mount, though these are broken on the reverse. The reverse bears no decoration.

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 27th September 2015
 Site
MHF Club Dig - Arable - Stubble

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-62FACA
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1066
Date to: Circa AD 1500
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Height: 25 mm
Width: 22 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 5.28 g
 Spatial data
Region: South East (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County) 
District: Tonbridge and Malling (District) 
Parish or ward: Wrotham (Civil Parish) 
 Description

One half of a Medieval copper-alloy swivel. The piece would originally have comprised two linked, D-shaped frames. The surviving side is of lozenge-shaped section, flaring at either end, terminating in what maybe a pair of inward-facing, zoomorphic heads. The flat undersides of these jaws flank a circular-sectioned aperture, into which the spigot of the opposing side of the swivel would have fitted. Width: 22mm; Height: 25mm; Depth: 8mm; Hole Dia.: 5.2mm; Weight: 5.28g. This relatively common form of swivel is well represented on the PAS database, close parallels being YORYM-2298E3 (Saxton With Scarthingwell, North Yorks) and SUR-D16136 (White Waltham, Berks). Despite the Romanesque appearance of the zoomorphic heads, Helen Geake (2001: 72) believes that swivels of this form were probably in use throughout most of the Medieval period.

Class: Swivel

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Friday 13th November  2015
 Site
Pasture 4

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-665565
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1400
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Length: 30.74 mm
Height: 23.05 mm
Thickness: 9.71 mm
Weight: 7.33 g
 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete
 Spatial data
Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County) 
District: South Cambridgeshire (District) 
Parish or ward: Great and Little Chishill (Civil Parish) 
 Description

One half of a Medieval copper-alloy swivel. The piece would originally have comprised two linked, D-shaped frames. The surviving side is of lozenge-shaped section, flaring at either end, terminating in what maybe a pair of inward-facing, zoomorphic heads. The flat undersides of these jaws flank a circular-sectioned aperture, into which the spigot of the opposing side of the swivel would have fitted.

This swivel strap fitting is of an ubiquitous type seen from the medieval period onwards, with the wings evovling out of zoomorphic motifs and becoming less substantial over time. The substantial zoomorphic wings on this likely date it to the 12th century to mid Medieval (c.1100-1400) period rather than post-Medieval. They are likely used on a range of straps and harness and can be seen used on animal collars and leads as well as horse furniture and baldrics from contemporary art such as church bronzes. See: SUSS-225F31 and SF-86DE13 for zoomorphic examples dating c.1100-1400 as well as discussion as to the types.

Find of note status : This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch.

Class: swivel

 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
Secondary identifier: Mr Jo Ahmet
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 9th September 2018
 Site
Pink Wellies Dig - Arable

STRAP FITTING
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-681904
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1270
Date to: Circa AD 1400
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Height: 14.5 mm
Width: 14.9 mm
Thickness: 4.7 mm
Weight: 1.51 g
 Spatial data
Region: London (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority) 
District: Bexley (London Borough) 
Parish or ward: St. Mary's (London Borough Ward)
 Description

A copper alloy strap fitting. Cast trapezoid strap loop with an integrally cast external rivet projecting from one side. The rivet retains a round sheet metal rove of 5.63mm by 3.96mm and thickness 0.7mm. The longest side, opposite that with the rivet, is lightly bevelled. Suggested date: Medieval, 1270-1400.

Height: 14.5mm, Width: 14.9mm, Thickness (Top): 4.7mm (Body) 2.26mm, Weight: 1.51gms

Class: Loop

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 12th July 2017
 Site
Pasture 1a

Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 18th Century 34mm x 20mm Strap Fitting Copper Alloy Kent
Information

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. Hooked 22/01/2018 Pasture 2b

Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 16th Century ? 55mm x 13mm Strap Fitting Copper Alloy Kent
Information

MHF Club Dig

7.17g Hooked 11/01/2015 .

A mount with a hooked end. There are two rivet holes, both of which retain the remains of iron attachment rivets. Possibly a sword-belt fitting.

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