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What's this then?

Postby zauberdachs » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:34 pm

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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Postby Type16 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:44 pm

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

Key hanger for a belt ????

Will that do ????


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Postby m300572 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:50 pm

Clothes hook - did you get it off a metal detecting forum?


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Postby zauberdachs » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:52 pm

It's from Cotwold Council website as an "unidentified Medieval object"


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Postby narvek » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:54 pm

Part of eating utensil??


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Postby Lindsay » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:33 pm

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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Postby gregory23b » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:56 pm

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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Postby nathan » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:01 pm

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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Postby guthrie » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:53 pm

That might just be the most likely explanation.



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Postby gregory23b » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:14 pm

A piece of horse harness for ritual acts...religious processions perhaps???? wow.


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Postby lidimy » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:24 pm

Wrap it in hessian, it might turn into something :S


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Postby gregory23b » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:40 pm

Yes, reenactment kit.


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Postby Dave B » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:47 pm

it's a reasonable size for a pendant?


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Postby gregory23b » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:02 pm

But not a reasonable size for a pedant perhaps? :D


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Postby Type16 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:38 pm

I've got it!

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


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:41 pm

Is it old?


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:41 pm

Is it old?


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Postby Dreadnought » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:46 pm

it's old.........



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Postby Sue Green » Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:23 pm

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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Postby Colin MacDonald » Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:41 pm

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Postby Malvoisin » Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:25 pm

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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Postby Lena » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:01 am

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



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Postby m0rt » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:07 am

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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Postby Alice the Huswyf » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:03 am

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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Postby zauberdachs » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:20 am

I thought it could be a belt terminal? with the top riveting bit snapped off.


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Postby wibble puppy » Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:10 pm

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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Postby Mark Griffin » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:30 pm

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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