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« on: January 03, 2009, 09:29:53 AM »

Borderfox found this item a few weeks a go and has asked me to post it for your opinion. appears to be made of bronze and is gilded - definately has an age to it.

Any ideas anyone? I've included the second photo for scale!

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009, 10:07:14 AM »

Very nice that Neil,sorry not sure what it is though,does have a Stylus or writting look about it,well found
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009, 10:57:54 PM »

Looks interesting but I don't know what it is sorry. Are the round bits at each end pins going through or just decoration?
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2009, 12:13:48 AM »

Is there a slight curve to it? Looks reminiscent of bodkins , but also as you say looks quite old, hope someone can date it for you, any other finds made in the same area, that would help with possible dating?
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009, 12:24:12 AM »

hi, the eye of the bird, was blocked and i ve now pushed through the same at the back,  it has a natural curve, where going back tomorrow,  didn t spend anytime in the field but we where told theres was a monastry there 13th cent. i felt it was 13  th centuary, the gilt goes right through this item i havn t cleaned  only a little of the crud of help john
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2009, 09:48:11 AM »

Possibly was a bodkin then, would have had something like a chain attached (you can see the wear on the large eye) and used as a cloak fastener, nice find , hope you find more today, good luck, and hope you don't freeze!!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2009, 09:57:24 AM »

I think a bodkin is a good shout! Its a nice item and I can imagine someone wanting to display it also as a cloak fastner in days gone by. Is it from the site you were telling me about?

Good luck today John, and post an update on how you get on.


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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009, 12:18:47 PM »

here s a bodkin found a few years back,not quite straight ,worried in case I snaped it in two , made of  silver
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009, 10:28:57 PM »

hi goldmaxuser neil and hedgehog, thanks for your help and time, and the others, could you help with date please going up the m4 it was minus 5,  today,anyway wasn t to bad when we got there  baraclavia and london underground padded coat on i was warm as toast, not a good day, the field in question apparently not only had  a monastry in it but also the remains scattered of a world war 11 plane, so i was lucky to winkle the bodkin cloak fastener out. anyway only had a grot roman my mate had a nice cut half probably henry  111,  and a few roman grot   thats five hammered in 4 outings i call him the vacum cleaner good luck john pugh
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2009, 11:59:18 PM »

Think you may be somewhere near on the date 13th/14th century, although it has the attributes of many possible centuries the gilding and cross hatching on the item would suggest medieval. Glad you survived the cold and found some more bits and pieces!
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