Medieval Zoomorphic "Gape Mouth Beast" type Copper-Alloy Buckle

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Medieval Zoomorphic "Gape Mouth Beast" type Copper-Alloy Buckle

Post by BlackBridgeBoy » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:28 pm

Bronze(?) Item which resembles a Cat's Head.

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Found today in wet clay on wheat stubble, with AKA Signum MFT7272 and 9"x6" 14kHz Sniper Coil, and gave the reading for a Bronze Item.

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Weight 17.2 grammes / max Width across Head 20mm / max Height 20mm / max Length 20mm

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I had a thought that it might be Roman, but any help on ID/Date would be greatly appreciated.

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Many thanks.

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Re: Bronze Cat Item for ID please

Post by Euro Detector » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:32 pm

I think it's a medieval buckle. ::g This one looks very similar:
https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/589642
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Re: Bronze Cat Item for ID please

Post by BlackBridgeBoy » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:16 pm

Hi Euro Detector.
Looks like you've probably hit the nail on the head there.
I was certain that it was Copper Alloy (and too naive for Roman) but a number of colleagues at the Dig insisted that it was Roman, and Bronze.
Sometimes better to go with your own first impressions...
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Re: Bronze Cat Item for ID please

Post by Euro Detector » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:28 pm

BlackBridgeBoy wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:16 pm
Hi Euro Detector.
Looks like you've probably hit the nail on the head there.
I was certain that it was Copper Alloy (and too naive for Roman) but a number of colleagues at the Dig insisted that it was Roman, and Bronze.
Sometimes better to go with your own first impressions...
Many thanks.
Regards.
Nick.
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Re: Probable Medieval Copper-Alloy Buckle - Gaping Mouth Beast type

Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:01 pm

I like that a lot :D and brilliant ID Euro Detector ::g
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Re: Probable Medieval Copper-Alloy Buckle - Gaping Mouth Beast type

Post by Lowland » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:10 pm

That's an ace find.
I'd like to go back and see all this gear in action
-as long as I can Return in one piece!
Nice one
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Re: Medieval Zoomorphic "Gape Mouth Beast" type Copper-Alloy Buckle

Post by BlackBridgeBoy » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:53 pm

FLO is certain on the ID, and wants to see it in the flesh; so going to hand it in at the next meeting. God knows when I'll get it back!

I'm told that it's pretty rare, so it'll probably end up in a museum drawer.

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Re: Medieval Zoomorphic "Gape Mouth Beast" type Copper-Alloy Buckle

Post by fred » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:18 pm

Good reference but I can't really make that function as a buckle. It looks more like the spout part of something to me. ::g

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Re: Medieval Zoomorphic "Gape Mouth Beast" type Copper-Alloy Buckle

Post by Easylife » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:20 pm

fred wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:18 pm
Good reference but I can't really make that function as a buckle.
I couldn't really see it either until I saw this one.
https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/824965

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Re: Medieval Zoomorphic "Gape Mouth Beast" type Copper-Alloy Buckle

Post by fred » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:05 am

Easylife wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:20 pm
fred wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:18 pm
Good reference but I can't really make that function as a buckle.
I couldn't really see it either until I saw this one.
https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/824965
I suppose quite clever really as the leather strap would look like a tongue when it was done up. Probably a really good Medieval joke! :D

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Re: Medieval Zoomorphic "Gape Mouth Beast" type Copper-Alloy Buckle

Post by Lowland » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:29 am

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I suppose quite clever really as the leather strap would look like a tongue when it was done up. Probably a really good Medieval joke! :D
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Hadn't even thought of that
Good observation
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