Bronze Partifact - Thoughts on possible age?

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I found this late last year and it came from a field that had recently been ploughed.

I've had finds in that field from various dates, the oldest being BA. I don't know what this is, or how old it might be, but at the time I thought it 'might' have some age to it?

It weighs 12 grams and it's made of copper/copper alloy as far as I can tell. The inside surface is quite rough.

I'd seen something an item shared on Twitter that reminded me of this item.

Any info appreciated. :thumbsup:

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It has a rivet doesn’t it?

It makes me think it is part of a bucket or pot or similar. I’d love to know how old it is too. We find some bits like these which I guess are impossible to date or know exactly what they are from. But they are so tactile and were something once that were probably very important to the owners.

If you do get any pointers or more info please do tell us - I’d love to know :thumbsup:
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It's a guess Andy but if i'd found it on one of my fields which as turned up bronze age item's i would say it was a part of the socket of a socketed spear.
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:46 pm It has a rivet doesn’t it?
I initially thought that too, but I'm not so surereally. I think it may just be a lump of some sorts?
tone wrote: Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:00 pm It's a guess Andy but if i'd found it on one of my fields which as turned up bronze age item's i would say it was a part of the socket of a socketed spear.
I've only had the one BA find so far, part of a socketed Axe. I've had some Roman and Saxon finds too. :Thinking:
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tone wrote: Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:00 pm It's a guess Andy but if i'd found it on one of my fields which as turned up bronze age item's i would say it was a part of the socket of a socketed spear.
Actually that would make sense! The ‘rivet’ being the nail or fixing to hold the spear part on the ‘stick’?
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Thanks very much for your help. :thumbsup:
I've just emailed the photos to my FLO, so fingers crossed she may be able to provide some info. I'll report back if I get any further.
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I’d say part of a chape, cheaper one for C16. These were made of thin copper sheet riveted together. :thumbsup:
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Thanks Shaggy. C16, is that 16th century?
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Hi, yes. Could be anywhere between 12th century to 18th century.
I can’t take any credit for this, I’ve seen a similar piece in a FB group and Julian Evan-Hart said this is what it was :thumbsup: :D
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My FLO emailed me with her thoughts on this item, it's a tricky one to ID.
I’ve been wracking my brain on this one and have discussed it with some colleagues but we have no definitive answers I’m afraid.

The piece is so fragmentary and worn that a positive ID will be very unlikely. The best suggestion we have is that it may be part of a large hollow cast bronze figurine but it is impossible to be certain with this one. Keep a look out for any similar pieces in the area though as we may be able to piece something together over time.
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