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What's this then?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:34 pm
by zauberdachs
Like Question of the Day on the discussion page, I thought I'd be fun for folk to try and work out a random googled item from the medieval period.

So, time to show off..

what's this then?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:44 pm
by Type16
I recognise it as something medieval :D
Brass or bronze.

Key hanger for a belt ????

Will that do ????

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:50 pm
by m300572
Clothes hook - did you get it off a metal detecting forum?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:52 pm
by zauberdachs
It's from Cotwold Council website as an "unidentified Medieval object"

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:54 pm
by narvek
Part of eating utensil??

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:33 pm
by Lindsay
It's the central counter-rotating jib-sprocket of a fluxsmith's wodgyrmacallet

Either that or it's for ritual purposes...


Yes... definitely ritual purposes...


(You'd never guess I did archaeology as part of my degree!) :wink:

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:56 pm
by gregory23b
Lindsay

"es... definitely ritual purposes...


(You'd never guess I did archaeology as part of my degree!) Wink


ha ha, good call.

That's what I like about descriptions of prehistoric things, how the hell do they know they were for 'ritualistic purposes' - he he.

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:01 pm
by nathan
Lindsay wrote:Either that or it's for ritual purposes...
Yes... definitely ritual purposes...
(You'd never guess I did archaeology as part of my degree!) :wink:


But since it is stylisticly post 1000AD isn't it therefore a piece of horse harness?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:53 pm
by guthrie
That might just be the most likely explanation.

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:14 pm
by gregory23b
A piece of horse harness for ritual acts...religious processions perhaps???? wow.

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:24 pm
by lidimy
Wrap it in hessian, it might turn into something :S

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:40 pm
by gregory23b
Yes, reenactment kit.

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:47 pm
by Dave B
it's a reasonable size for a pendant?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:02 pm
by gregory23b
But not a reasonable size for a pedant perhaps? :D

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:38 pm
by Type16
I've got it!

Its a 2 cm offcut of a ruler :lol: :lol: :lol:

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:41 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
Is it old?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:41 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
Is it old?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:46 pm
by Dreadnought
it's old.........

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:23 pm
by Sue Green
A strap end for a belt perhaps?

Too flat to be one end of a key, I think, though hard to tell from the picture.

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:41 pm
by Colin MacDonald
[Authenticity Officer]

I don't know what it is, but I know that once I have one, nobody else at an event should, so as not to give a false impression of it being a common item.

[/Authenticity Officer]

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:25 pm
by Malvoisin
It's tiny! :shock:. IMO at about 3mm wide it's waaaay too small for harness etc.

I reckon its the posh end of an ear scoop, the business end being broken off (possibly in the ear :roll: ).

Rather like this one from Lewes.
Image
*Ear scoop*

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:01 am
by Lena
Possibly one of those what-ever-they're-called thingies/decorative clasps you put on books?

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:07 am
by m0rt
i said hinge, then saw the scale of it, so id'd go with decroation for a box, maybe a jewelly case clasp?

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:03 am
by Alice the Huswyf
Naaaah - it's mislabelled - it is in fact a tin 12th scale carpet-beater for a late victorian doll's house.

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:20 am
by zauberdachs
I thought it could be a belt terminal? with the top riveting bit snapped off.

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:10 pm
by wibble puppy
If it has a hole in the non-decorated end then it could well be a tuning key for a harp. Especially if the hole is square. Although I've seen pics of object like this which were identified as keys for water conduits. Ref MoL "Medieval Household" catalogue, p 244. :)

Hmmm maybe it's too flat for that. More pics! In which case I'll go for clothing hook, either pre-C15th or post.

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:30 pm
by Mark Griffin
looks like a book clasp or casket mount to me.

Who cares? History ain't important.

Kids, learn how to spell, maths and mandarin or cantonese, you'll find them far more useful than all this old stuff.