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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Cosmetic implements https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements.html Nail File https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/nail-file-55534.html Mon, 31 Aug 2020 17:34:33 GMT Cosmetic implements Nail File  
Description: A cast copper-alloy nail file of the Roman period. The implement consists of a functional blade or shaft, a decorative neck or finger-grip, and a suspension loop. The blade is flat, tapers slightly in width and terminates in a rounded end. The transverse serrations occupy the full length of one face only. At the upper end, the blade is shouldered and the neck is decorated with three progressively larger collars, the last of them attached directly to the sub-circular suspension loop. All the elements are flat and in the same plane, suggesting that the nail file was probably one of several cosmetic implements suspended from a chatelaine.

See also PAS: SWYOR-7C51F5 and LVPL-7C4087.
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Nail Cleaner https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/nail-cleaner-55516.html Sat, 22 Aug 2020 15:17:18 GMT Cosmetic implements Nail Cleaner  
Description: A cast copper-alloy nail cleaner of the Roman period. It has a flat leaf-shaped blade and a pierced suspension loop that is set at right-angles to the face of the blade. The forked tip is intact, the sususpension loop is broken.   Possibly one of a set of cosmetic implements from a chatelaine.

Nina Crummy, (Nail-cleaners: regionality at the clean edge of Empire) describes this style of cleaner as the "Baldock type", and dates it 1st - 2nd century AD.
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Nail Cleaner (?) https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/nail-cleaner-55267.html Sun, 03 May 2020 16:03:15 GMT Cosmetic implements Nail Cleaner (?)  
Description: A cast copper-alloy object, tentatively identified as a nail cleaner of the Roman period, but with some unusual features. The object is noted by the recorder as having been found on a site that has also produced finds of the Anglo-Saxon period. The unusual features for a Roman nail cleaner are (1) that it is of openwork design, (2) the characteristic longitudinal groove along the centre occurs on both faces rather than one, and (3) the top end was apparently pointed, and lacks the usual suspension loop. These features are discussed below.

Discussion
Although nail cleaners of a general lanceolate shape are quite common throughout the Roman period (Crummy Types 2a and 2b - see References below), those with an openwork design seem to be quite rare. One example, recorded on the PAS as SF-043652, however, is comparable in some respects. Like the present object, it has an openwork design, but in this case the openwork is circular, rather than piriform, and it bifurcates at the top to form two prongs. Another unusual feature it shares with the present object is that it is grooved on both faces, but it has three parallel grooves on each face, rather than a single groove on the front face only. The upper end of the PAS nail cleaner, however, differs from that of the present object, which appears to be damaged and incomplete. It seems likely that it was originally pierced for suspension, but broke across the hole, thus creating the present notched appearance. The opposite end also appears to be either worn or chipped, as it lacks the usual V-shaped recess found on nail cleaners.

The proposed identification and dating of the object are based on the above, but they should be regarded as very tentative, particularly as there is a dearth of published information relating to cosmetic implements produced during the ensuing Anglo-Saxon period.
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Nail Cleaner https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/nail-cleaner-55184.html Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:55:26 GMT Cosmetic implements Nail Cleaner  
Description: A copper-alloy nail cleaner of the Roman period.  Comprised of a bead, reel, and spool decorated head and circular section shaft with a slightly flattened, forked terminal.
As the moulded decoration on the head is more in keeping with ''Crummy Type 2'' hair or dress pins of the 2nd- 3rd century AD, it is possible that the nail cleaner is an adaptation from a broken pin.
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Nail Cleaner https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/nail-cleaner-7728.html Sun, 24 Jun 2007 00:00:00 GMT Cosmetic implements Nail Cleaner  
Description: A beautiful cast copper alloy Roman nail cleaner. The top is designed as a female head with tied-back hair. At the back of the head is a suspension loop at a right angle to the blade of the cleaner. Below the head is a thin neck, which expands to a rectangular plate with two forward projecting protrusions intended to represent arms or breasts, probably the latter. The plate is inscribed on its two sides and back with the letter 'X'. The figure is likely to represent a female deity and was probably one of a number of toilet articles once attached to a chatelaine brooch.
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Nail Cleaner https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/nail-cleaner-10449.html Sun, 25 Nov 2007 00:00:00 GMT Cosmetic implements Nail Cleaner  
Description: A leaf-shaped finger-nail cleaner of the Roman period. It has a circular suspension loop, set at right-angles to the body, and a forked tip.

Cf. PAS: BUC-386F21 and SF-4A5052
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Nail Cleaner https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/nail-cleaner-10513.html Thu, 29 Nov 2007 00:00:00 GMT Cosmetic implements Nail Cleaner  
Description: A leaf-shaped finger-nail cleaner of the Roman period. It has a circular suspension loop and a forked tip. There is an incised line along the centre and moulded transverse ribs below the suspension loop.
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Tweezers https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/tweezers-16920.html Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Cosmetic implements Tweezers  
Description: A set of copper-alloy tweezers formed from sheet metal. They are slightly tapered along the length such that the gripping end is wider. No decoration is apparent on the images.

Dating of sheet copper-alloy tweezers is problematic, particularly in the absence of any decoration. (Cf. PAS: SF-86C8F1)
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Tweezers https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/tweezers-21496.html Sun, 11 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT Cosmetic implements Tweezers  
Description: A set of copper-alloy tweezers formed from sheet metal. They are slightly tapered along the length such that the gripping end is wider. No decoration is apparent on the images.

Dating of sheet copper-alloy tweezers is problematic, particularly in the absence of any decoration.

Cf. PAS: SF-86C8F1
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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Tweezers https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/cosmetic-implements/tweezers-34403.html Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Cosmetic implements Tweezers  
Description: A set of copper-alloy tweezers formed from sheet metal. They are slightly tapered along the length such that the gripping end is wider. No decoration is apparent on the images.

Dating of sheet copper-alloy tweezers is problematic, particularly in the absence of any decoration.

Cf. PAS: SF-86C8F1
Category: Roman, Cosmetic implements
Category: Cosmetic implements
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