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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/ Swivels https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels.html Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-53665.html Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:45:30 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: A complete copper-alloy swivel for suspension or strap distribution. It consists of two D-shaped loops of equal size, each with an integral sub-hemispherical boss, and seemingly a separate discoidal centre plate. It seems likely that one of the bosses incorporates a spigot, which having been passed through a piercing on the central plate was riveted to constrain axial movement but freely rotate. The plate would then have been soldered or swaged to the the second boss, thus creating the appearance of a prominent midrib on the spherical centre of the swivel.

Suggested uses for swivels of this type include harness applications and dog leashes, but they might also have had other uses. Dating them, particularly when they are undecorated, is problematic, and this is reflected in the wide date range shown below.

Cf. UKDFD 13018 and PAS: BUC-469AC6
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-51881.html Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: The female element of a two-piece copper-alloy swivel for suspension or strap distribution. It is shaped like a finger-ring with a plain hoop and a sub-circular 'bezel' with opposing oblique grooves on either side. The 'bezel' has a radial hole through its centre, which would have accommodated the integral rivet on a similarly shaped male element. The complete swivel would have looked something like UKDFD 44681.

Suggested uses for swivels of this type include harness applications, dog leashes, and for linking the leash and jesses in hawking. Close dating is difficult.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-49028.html Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: The female element of a two-piece swivel for suspension or strap distribution. The swivel is shaped like a finger ring with a pierced circular 'bezel' and opposing animal-head mouldings forming the 'shoulders'. The 'bezel' is decorated externally with transverse ribbing.

Note re dating
The decoration of zoomorphic swivels of this type is inspired by the Romanesque art style of the 11th and 12th centuries. However, the influence of the style persisted throughout the medieval period, and close dating is therefore difficult.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-48727.html Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: A complete two-piece zoomorphic swivel for suspension or strap distribution. It consists of two sub-oval rings of similar size, each with an integral hemispherical boss, flanked on either side by animal-head mouldings. The bosses provide the means of connection, one incorporating an integral rivet (cf. UKDFD 27157) and the other pierced to accommodate it (cf. UKDFD 26046). The two parts are free to rotate, but axial movement will be constrained by the peened end of the rivet.

Suggested uses for swivels of this type include harness applications, dog leashes, and for linking the leash and jesses in hawking. Close dating is difficult.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-45918.html Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: A medieval copper-alloy swivel consisting of a small loop, probably for attaching a chain (see PAS: BH-8036D2), and a larger loop, now incomplete, probably for attaching a strap. The larger loop is decorated with two opposing animal-head mouldings. Such swivels were probably used on leads for dogs and other animals, but they might also have had other uses.

The method of construction would appear to entail five separate components, namely the two loops and three split bushes. The smaller loop has been cast with a radially projecting shaft, which terminates in an expanded domed end. Along the shaft, there are two narrow integral collars, each of the same diameter as the domed end. The larger loop has been cast as a penannular ring, with the zoomorphic mouldings at the two ends. The three split bushes have been fitted between the collars on the shaft of the smaller ring, and soldered to the inside of the terminals on the larger one, thus providing a swivel with three separate thrust surfaces.

Note re dating
Swivels of this general type are known with fully developed zoomorphic terminals in the Romanesque style of the 11th - 12th centuries (e.g. UKDFD 4288), with terminals of degraded style, as the present example, and with plain, undecorated terminals. It seems likely that this is a chronological progression, with the present example probably dating circa 13th to 15th century. A date in the middle of this range is also suggested by a very similar object, somewhat questionably identified as a tap, which is described and illustrated (No. 745) in MoL, The Medieval Household. It was recovered from ceramic phase 11 (c.1350-c.1400).

For a complete swivel of closely similar type, see UKDFD 11471.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-44681.html Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: A copper-alloy swivel consisting of two cast elements. One element is a plain ring with an integral shouldered rivet projecting radially outwards. The other element is a larger ring with a drilled 'bezel' through which the rivet fits. The rivet is peened to hold the two parts together, but with sufficient radial and axial clearance to allow the swivel to rotate freely.

Suggested uses for swivels of this type include harness applications, dog leashes, and for linking the leash and jesses in hawking. Close dating is difficult.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-43446.html Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: One element of a two-piece swivel for suspension or strap distribution. The ring is incomplete and has degraded animal-head mouldings at the two junctions with the boss. The boss has a projecting spigot with conical knop, which was connected to the missing part of the swivel.

Suggested uses for swivels of this type include harness applications, dog leashes, and for linking the leash and jesses in hawking. Close dating is difficult.

For a similar complete example, see UKDFD 40584.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-42182.html Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: A medieval silver swivel consisting of a small loop, probably for attaching a chain (see PAS: BH-8036D2), and a larger loop, probably for attaching a strap. The larger loop is decorated with two opposing animal-head mouldings. The smaller loop is plain, but it is retained by an integral rivet, the head of which is decorated with radial fluting. The swivel is very small and its particular use is uncertain.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-40972.html Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: The female element of a two-piece swivel for suspension or strap distribution. The swivel is shaped like a finger ring with a pierced oval 'bezel' and opposing animal-head mouldings forming the 'shoulders'.

For the male element of a similar swivel, see UKDFD 27157. For a complete swivel of generally similar type, see UKDFD 13016.

Note re dating
The decoration of zoomorphic swivels of this type is inspired by the Romanesque art style of the 11th and 12th centuries. However, the influence of the style persisted throughout the medieval period, and close dating is therefore difficult.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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Swivel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/medieval/swivels/swivel-40862.html Sat, 09 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Swivels Swivel  
Description: A copper-alloy swivel of the 11th-12th century AD. The body is hollow and of flattened globular form, with ornate moulded, punched and openwork decoration. The connection points are in the form of stubby sub-square-section lugs that project from the centre of the two flattened areas. One of them is fitted in a hole and rotates freely; the other is fixed and appears to be integral with the body. The swivel is closely similar to the examples referenced below, one of which retains a zoomorphic buckle-like fitting connected to one of the lugs.
 
Category: Medieval, Swivels
Category: Swivels
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