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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?
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I recognise it as something medieval :D
Brass or bronze.

Key hanger for a belt ????

Will that do ????
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Clothes hook - did you get it off a metal detecting forum?
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It's from Cotwold Council website as an "unidentified Medieval object"
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Part of eating utensil??
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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...


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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.
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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?
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That might just be the most likely explanation.

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A piece of horse harness for ritual acts...religious processions perhaps???? wow.
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Wrap it in hessian, it might turn into something :S
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Yes, reenactment kit.
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it's a reasonable size for a pendant?
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But not a reasonable size for a pedant perhaps? :D
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I've got it!

Its a 2 cm offcut of a ruler :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Is it old?
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Is it old?
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it's old.........

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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.

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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.
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Possibly one of those what-ever-they're-called thingies/decorative clasps you put on books?

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i said hinge, then saw the scale of it, so id'd go with decroation for a box, maybe a jewelly case clasp?
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Naaaah - it's mislabelled - it is in fact a tin 12th scale carpet-beater for a late victorian doll's house.
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I thought it could be a belt terminal? with the top riveting bit snapped off.
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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.

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looks like a book clasp or casket mount to me.

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