Small Finds Catalogue

ContextMaterialQuantityWeight (g)DescriptionApprox. date
1123Wood/copper alloy/iron composite134Hinge fragment of folding wooden ruler, in very fragile and fragmentary condition, markings at 1/16″ intervals. Dimensions: 74mm by 38mm by 5mm.19th/20th century
1012Copper alloy3<2Copper-alloy pin in 3 fragments, head heavily corroded. Dimensions of largest fragment: 12.5mm; shank <1mm diameter.
Cox 1996, 55-7.
1111Worked bone12Fragment of worked bone comb, 2-sided, fine teeth to 1 side, coarser teeth to other, bone highly polished, tapered to either side. Full width survives. Dimensions: 43.5mm by 19mm by max. breadth: 2.5mm.
Gutiérrez: 2007b, 795. See Figure 72.
16th/17th century onwards
1138Worked bone14Tiny polished bone brush, with 18 holes for missing bristles. Probable child's toothbrush.
Gutiérrez 2007b, 796; and Marcia Cosby pers. comm., Kent Brush Co. See also Egan and Henig 1984, 229-30. See Figure 71.
Late 18th century onwards
1138Worked bone114Polished bone toothbrush handle, head missing, stamped, 'LONDON'. Edges are bevelled, handle is slightly curved along its length, and in form resembles an elongated ovoid shape. Dimensions: 115mm long by 14mm max width by 5mm broad.
See also SF 4.
Late 18th century onwards
1138Copper alloy1<2Straight-sided thimble, machine-made from 1 piece of sheet metal, by 'deep-drawing process' introduced in 18th century, has machine-applied regular pits, flattened top, and beaded rim. Top is slightly fractured. Dimensions: height: 20mm by max. diameter: 17mm by diameter at top: 10mm.
Allen 2008, 15.6.
18th century onwards
1138Shell1<2Large, circular, mother of pearl button, with 4 machine-made holes and a raised rim. Dimensions: diameter: 21mm by 1mm thick.
White 1977, 71-5.
Probable 19th century date
1138Shell1<2Laminated mother of pearl fragment, probably part of a button. No perforations visible. Dimensions: 21mm by <1mm thick. See SF 7.Probable 19th century date
1138Copper alloy1<2Small hook, made from thin copper-alloy wire. Dimensions: 36.5mm long by 1mm diameter.Undated
1138Worked stone110Spherical stone marble. Diameter: 15mm.
For stoppers from Codd bottles, see Talbot 1974, 50-4.
1138Copper alloy1<2Loop junction and fragment of domed back of copper-alloy cuff-link, heavily corroded and very fragile. Dimensions: 19mm by 16mm by 4mm.
Read 2010, 128; Cox 1996, 56. See Figure 70.
Late 17th century onwards
1138Copper alloy110Oval bowl of 19th/20th century base metal spoon, handle missing. Dimensions: 82mm long by max. width: 28mm.19th/20th century
1138Lead180End fragment of lead piping, formed from rolled sheet of lead, with flared end, somewhat compressed, possibly fractured at one end. Possibly forms 'collar' from end of lead pipe. Dimensions: 50mm long by max. external diameter: 35mm, internal diameter: 22mm.Undated
1136Iron1836Probable strap hinge, composed of two pieces of iron, nail holes visible in both horizontal and vertical components. Horizontal 'strap' is tapering, with rounded end. Vertical component is rectangular. Dimensions: 425mm long; length of vertical component: 197mm. Max. width of strap: 70mm. Undated
1136Iron1306Tapering iron spike, rectangular in section, head heavily corroded/concreted. Dimensions: 284mm long by 30mm max width.Undated
1095Copper alloy3<21 complete pin with corroded, spherical head;
2 fragments of second pin, also with spherical head.
Dimensions of complete pin: 28.5mm long; head diameter: 1mm.
See SF 2.
1094Bone/copper alloy composite1<2Circular, domed button, with turned horn/bone upper, with circular groove in centre and 4 perforations, and heavily corroded copper alloy back. No attachment loop visible. Dimensions: 18mm diameter; thickness (max.): 6mm.
Read 2010, 111
1048Worked bone1UnknownChunk of animal bone, with truncated external surfaces, probably as a result of either butchery or bone working. Missing. Dimensions unknown. Undated
1098Copper alloy1<2Pin fragment, with missing head. Dimensions: 13mm long; diameter: 1mm. See SF 2.Post-medieval
1094Copper alloy/composite16Heavily corroded small copper-alloy object; most exterior surfaces obscured by mineralised deposit. Probable button.
Needs X-ray. Dimensions: 23mm by 22mm by 15mm.
1094Copper alloy18Heavily corroded copper-alloy disc, with mineralisation obscuring original form. Probable button. Dimensions: 30mm max. diameter; max. thickness: 12mm.Undated
1094Copper alloy116Flat, circular disc, very heavily corroded, with mineralisation adhering. Probable coin.
Needs X-ray. Dimensions: 32.5mm max. diameter; max. thickness: 6mm.
1060Silver114Sterling silver half-crown, dated 1915. Reverse shows crowned shield in garter, obverse shows king's bust, facing left. Diameter: 32mm by <2mm thick. Spink and Son Ltd 2000, 416.1915
1060Plastic/bakelite16Decorative knop with internal screw thread and grooved panels on exterior, showing stylised foliage. Cylindrical form suggests possible light-pull. Dimensions: 32mm long by 12mm external diameter; internal diameter: 7mm.
Ref: Wikipedia entry for Bakelite.
1181Worked bone1<2Fragment of polished bone comb, fine teeth (stubs only) to 1 side, coarser teeth to other. Comb tapers to either side (as SF 3). Dimensions: 30mm long by 26mm wide by 1mm max. breadth. See Figure 73.16th/17th century onwards
1035Copper alloy (bronze)12Small bronze coin, corroded, inscription barely legible. Reverse shows Britannia seated, with date, '1873'. Obverse shows Victoria (bust) facing left, with hair in bun. Dimensions: 20mm diameter; <1mm thick. Probable bronze farthing. Spink and Son Ltd 2000, 405, no. 3958. 1873
1206Copper alloy1<2Complete copper-alloy pin with spherical head. Dimensions: 29.5mm long by <1mm diameter. Diameter of head: <2mm. See SF 2. Post-medieval
1000Worked bone/horn1<2Plain, circular worked bone/horn button with central perforation and 2 decorative grooves around rim. 'Central' perforation is slightly off-centre. File marks visible on upper face. Rear shows probable guide marks for positioning of perforation, and circular striations, evidence of lathe-turning. Dimensions: 12.5mm diameter by 1mm thick. See SFs 17 etc.
White 1977, 72-3; Cox 1996, 54.
1115Copper alloy1<2Small L-shaped fragment of copper-alloy sheet, with 1 perforation, and 1 faint incised line. Probable off-cut. Dimensions: 21mm by 13mm by <1mm.Undated
1123Iron1156Possible window/door fitting, consisting of iron bar, with perpendicular circular perforated attachment plate at one end, tapering to a fractured point at the other. Dimensions: 2443mm long by 18mm wide by 6mm deep.Undated
1188Copper alloy/iron composite112Large, straight-sided thimble, with domed top, possibly copper-alloy interior, with iron exterior. Pits not visible due to corrosion. Slightly misshapen. Probably for heavy duty work. Dimensions: diameter at base: 16mm (internally), 20mm (externally); height: 26mm; diameter at top: 14mm. See SF 6.18th century onwards
1079Iron154Small horse/pony shoe or boot heel plate, heavily corroded, fullering groove visible and possible nail holes to rear. Regularity of form suggests 19th/20th century date (Cuddeford 1994, 22-3). Fullering grooves suggest post-17th century date (Viner 2007, 747). Dimensions: 63.5mm by 71.5mm by 5mm thick. Post-17th century
1094Glass13.3Colourless fragment from a glass tube with thick walls and a very small cavity, probably from a thermometer or barometer. Length: 37.9mm; diameter: 8mm. See Figure 42.18th century
1123Worked stone16Spherical stone marble, slightly flattened on 1 face. Possibly used as a bottle stopper. Dimensions: 15mm diameter. See SF 10.
Willmott 2007, 774; Talbot 1974, 46ff.
1136Aluminium/chrome156Modern metallic door handle, composed of aluminium or chrome-plated metal, with triangular attachment plate at one end, with 3 perforations for screws. Other end is fractured. Dimensions: 140mm long by 15mm max. diameter. Modern
1136Iron32063 fragments of iron strip, all heavily corroded, one slightly curved, one formed of 2 joined strips. Possible barrel hoop fragments or strap hinge fragments. Dimensions: Strip A: 140mm by 39mm by 1.5mm; Strip B: 152mm by 37mm by 8mm; Strip C: 226mm by 34mm by 1.5mm.Undated
1052Iron1172Cylindrical iron rod, one end flattened and circular, possibly with central perforation, other end is obscured by concretions, but appears to be flattened and paddle-shaped (tip fractured). Possible tool or machine component. Dimensions: 190mm long by 9mm diameter of shaft.Undated
1091Iron144Very large octagonal washer/plate with large circular central perforation. Slightly curved. Dimensions: 70mm by 55mm by 2mm. Perforation is 17mm diameter.Undated
100 (U/S) w/bEnamelled iron12701 NAAFI white enamelled measuring jug, height: 107mm, diameter of base: 73mm. Calibrated in pints, fl.oz. and 'galls'. Heavily corroded and compressed.Post-1921
100 (U/S) w/bElectro-plated silver1641 dessert spoon, electro-plated silver, hallmarked 'G &S', 'S' with motif. Possibly Gilbert and Spurrier Ltd, Birmingham, est. 1886 ( Dimensions of bowl: 75mm by 45mm by 15mm deep.Post-1886 onwards
100 (U/S) w/bLead1301 discoidal lead weight, approx. 1 oz weight, no markings visible, 38mm diameter (1.5ʺ), 2.5mm thick.Undated, but pre-metrication
184 w/bShell121 mother of pearl button, discoidal, 25mm diameter, with 4 central perforations, slightly raised rim. Likely to be of 19th century date, probably manufactured in Birmingham (White 1977, 71). Probably 19th century
100 (U/S) w/bIron1Not known1 billhook blade, with leaf tang handle attachment. Dimensions: 350mm long; blade: 270mm long by 60mm maximum width; tang: 75mm long. Not retained.Undated
100 (U/S) w/bWood12880Large fragment of split timber, notched at one end, one edge roughly squared; dimensions: 820mm long by 50mm thick by 195mm maximum width (60mm minimum width). Not retained.Undated


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