Record Details

NHER Number:33383
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period metalwork


An Iron Age or Roman brooch, a Late Saxon stirrup mount in the shape of an animal's head, a medieval vessel spout in the shape of a dog and a late medieval or early post medieval thimble, found by metal detecting.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 16 16
Map Sheet:TG11NE

Full description

October/November 1997. Metal detecting find.
Late Saxon stirrup angle mount, (S2). Iron on reverse. Hollow copper alloy mount on front in form of an animal head with zone of ribbing between two transverse ridges below. Animal head is Ringerike style with long oval ears partly obscured by scrolling S-shaped eyebrows. Nose has a pair of similar scrolling whiskers. 11th century.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 12 January 1998.

December 1997/January 1998. Metal detecting finds.
Large one-piece Colchester brooch, very corroded so that all of surface is lost. Nevertheless fairly complete, with forward-facing hook under which the surviving chord passes. Half the spring survives, corroded around a (non-functional) iron axis bar. Bow smoothly curves to a pointed foot, with catch-plate on reverse. Late Iron Age/early Roman. 1st century.
Late medieval/early post medieval thimble made by stamping and hammering straight rim decorated with single engraved line. Side covered with vertical rows of small circular indentations. Top partly covered with spiral of the same. The very tip is bare.
Identified by H. Geake (A&E).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 10 February 1998.

1997. Metal detecting.
Medieval stirrup base.
Medieval copper alloy ewer spout in the form of a dog. North Germanic of Flemmish in origin.
Handle cast separately to the body, this is why they often came apart.
See (S1).
Identified by H. M. Geake (A&E) December 1997.
K. Sussams (NLA) 31 December 1997.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BROOCH (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STIRRUP (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • STIRRUP (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: NCC Find Identification and Recording Service. c. 1975-2000. HES Find Polaroid Collection. HES Find Polaroid Collection. polaroid. black and white.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Finds research group data sheet No 7. p 4; Fig 8A.
<S2>Illustration: Holness, A.. 1998. Drawing of a Late Saxon stirrup mount.. Paper. 1:1.

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