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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/ Miscellaneous https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous.html Belt or Strap Ring https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/belt-or-strap-ring-57780.html Mon, 01 Jan 2024 15:39:04 GMT Miscellaneous Belt or Strap Ring  
Description: A cast copper-alloy ring with a flat rectangular cross-section, bevelled edges and file-marks on both faces. Most rings of this type are believed to have been used to suspend items from waist belts or harness straps, but others furnished the frames of circular buckles.

For a more detailed discussion on rings of this type, see UKDFD 8331.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Silver Collar https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/silver-collar-57731.html Tue, 14 Nov 2023 16:58:24 GMT Miscellaneous Silver Collar  
Description: A silver collar with a cusped and pierced upper edge, decorated with engraved ivy leaves on a wriggle work background. It bears the Birmingham Assay Office hallmark for 1895 and a mostly illegible maker's mark. Most likely from a parasol handle, walking cane, or similar dress accessory.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Bellows Nozzle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/bellows-nozzle-40398.html Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Miscellaneous Bellows Nozzle  
Description: A copper-alloy tapered nozzle with overlapped seam and the remains of a connecting collar. Most likely from a pair of Georgian wig-powdering bellows.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Bellows Nozzle https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/bellows-nozzle-57692.html Mon, 16 Oct 2023 15:53:08 GMT Miscellaneous Bellows Nozzle  
Description: An air nozzle from a pair of bellows. The nozzle is manufactured from pressed sheet metal, and then formed into a tapering decorative shape with soldered longitudinal seam. There are three holes equally spaced apart at the cupped attachment end, and an incomplete terminal end opposite.

See also; UKDFD 40398, UKDFD 22323 as similar.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Knob or Pommel https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/knob-or-pommel-57206.html Mon, 06 Mar 2023 09:35:13 GMT Miscellaneous Knob or Pommel  
Description: An unusual cast lead or lead-alloy knob or pommel dating to the post-medieval period. The object is sub-spherical in form and has been cast (solid?) in two halves, with a prominent circumferential ridge and multiple rows of raised irregular knops to each side. At the base is a small hole for attachment, and projecting each side of this are short pointed leaves. The design appears to represent a stylised interpretation of a nut, or possibly a pineapple, a prized exotic fruit of the period.

See also; PUBLIC-C518ED as generally similar.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Perfume Bottle Stopper https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/perfume-bottle-stopper-56924.html Thu, 15 Sep 2022 15:07:52 GMT Miscellaneous Perfume Bottle Stopper  
Description: An incomplete lead-alloy perfume bottle stopper in the form of a crown. The cork insert is missing.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Ship's Timber Spike https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/ship-s-timber-spike-56866.html Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:27:58 GMT Miscellaneous Ship's Timber Spike  
Description: A short cast copper-alloy spike for use in the construction of wooden ships. The spike, or nail, is circular in cross-section with a flared head and a flattened terminal end. The head is stamped with a broad arrow mark indicating that payment of the item was charged to the crown, in this case for use by The Royal Navy.
The object was interestingly found close to the historic Portsmouth Docks.

The broad arrow was used in England (and later Britain), apparently from the early 14th century, and more widely from the 16th century, to mark objects purchased from the monarch's money, or to indicate government property. It became particularly associated with the Office or Board of Ordnance, the principal duty of which was to supply guns, ammunition, stores and equipment to the King's Navy.  A proclamation issued by Charles II in 1661 ran:
'And His Majesty doth further command, That on all other Stores, Where it may be done without prejudice to the said Stores, or Charge to His Majesty, as Nails, Spikes, and other the like Stores, that the broad Arrow be put on some part of the same, whether by Stamp, Brand, or other way, as shall be particularly directed by the principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesties Navy, to whom the care thereof is committed '.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Spring Stud (Solitaire) https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/spring-stud-solitaire-56813.html Fri, 06 May 2022 11:49:18 GMT Miscellaneous Spring Stud (Solitaire)  
Description: A spring stud or solitaire comprising a copper-alloy backplate and an engraved silver front with applied decoration consisting of a central equal-armed, or Maltese Cross surrounded by alternating acorns and pellets, probably representing berries. 
The present item is one element of a two-part stud. Solitaires, also referred to as bachelors buttons, as they required no sewing, were patented in 1872 by George West as "Fasteners For Collars And Cuffs". The principle of the mechanism is two winged projections, which, when depressed, release their hold on a central shank so that the front and back are completely separate and can be easily put through various thicknesses of shirt and collar before being snapped firmly together.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Pendant Sundial https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/pendant-sundial-56559.html Tue, 04 Jan 2022 15:52:57 GMT Miscellaneous Pendant Sundial  
Description: A gilded copper-alloy pendant sundial. Comprising a deep oval frame with a circular recess to accommodate the dial plate and triangular gnomon. It has manually engraved Roman numerals around the edge of the recess. The outside edge of the frame is decorated with oblique dashes in groups of three, at the top is what remains of a suspension loop, below which is evidence of a hinge mechanism, a diametrically opposed closure stud at the base of the frame suggests that the pendant had a face cover and similar evidence on the back of the frame would suggest that there was also a backplate. A substantial amount of the gilt finish survives.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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Engraved Plate https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/miscellaneous/engraved-plate-56561.html Tue, 04 Jan 2022 17:06:54 GMT Miscellaneous Engraved Plate  
Description: An irregularly shaped piece of lead sheeting with a scratch-engraved inscription. The surviving part of the inscription appears to read + ELFPA[ ] / MEPRO[ ] / TT in three lines (indicated by the oblique strokes), but the lettering is very crude and no satisfactory interpretation has been possible. The form of the letters suggests a post-medieval date.

Superficially, the object resembles the 'brew tags' that were attached to wooden wine containers in order to identify the contents and the dates of brewing (e.g UKDFD 8633 and UKDFD 31027) . However, extensive searching has failed to produce any wine name or wine-related words that would account for the inscription.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Miscellaneous
Category: Miscellaneous
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