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Medieval - Three-Part 'Tumbrel' Strap End

Coins - Scales and Weights


LOT 502

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MEDIEVAL - THREE-PART 'TUMBREL' STRAP END

12th-13th century AD. A long, tongue-shaped strap end formed from three separate elements in the form of a coin-weighing 'Tumbrel' balance; the centre a long triangular plate (representing the frame of the tumbrel) with zigzag decoration to the outer edges on both faces; two outer plates (representing the hinged arm of the tumbrel) with narrow lower elements inset by about 1.5mm from each edge of the central plate, and the upper section a rectangle at the full width of the strap end; on one face a series of alternating incised check and plain bands; on the inner face the corresponding rivet hole. 6.22 grams, 51.32 mm.

Condition
Very fine. Rare and interesting.

Provenance
From an old English collection; found Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, England.

Literature
Cf. Egan, G. and Pritchard, F.Dress Accessories 1150-1450, Woodbridge, 2002 p.124ff. and cf. p.137.

Footnotes
Three-piece riveted strap ends are a characteristic medieval form of dress accessory and their designs sometimes reflect other artefacts. This one imitates a closed 'Tumbrel' coin balance - a most unusual item.

Date
Thursday 9th September 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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