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HER Number:MDV58134
Name:Silver-Gilt Pin from Dartington Hall


Silver-gilt pin dating to the 15th-16th century.


Grid Reference:SX 799 627
Map Sheet:SX76SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartington
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDARTINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SE/3/10

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Margeson, S., 1993, Norwich households, 10 (Article in Serial). SDV154374.

Cherry, J., 1995, Note on Find from Dartington Hall Excavations 1995 (Un-published). SDV154373.

Allan, J. + Timms, S. C., 1996, Treasures of Ancient Devon, 40 (Monograph). SDV322592.

15th-16th century silver-gilt pin found at Dartington Hall in 1995. Consists of a gilded head and ungilded shank. The head is hollow and consists of two hemispheres soldered together. Each hemisphere has 6 raised bosses surrounded by a double wire strand. On the upper hemisphere is an applied knob of silver above, and 3 smaller beads between each boss surrounding a smaller wire circle between the larger circles. This is reversed on the lower hemisphere. The top of the head is surmounted by a knob. Between the head and shank is a protruding loop. The silver shank is bent at present, though how far this reflects the original arrangement is uncertain. The style of manufacture of the head, and its decoration, appear to link this pin with 3 pins found in post-medieval contexts in Norwich (see Margeson). It is likely to be of late medieval/early post-medieval date. Other details: Photo.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154373Un-published: Cherry, J.. 1995. Note on Find from Dartington Hall Excavations 1995. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV154374Article in Serial: Margeson, S.. 1993. Norwich households. East Anglian Archaeology. 58. 10.
SDV322592Monograph: Allan, J. + Timms, S. C.. 1996. Treasures of Ancient Devon. Treasures of Ancient Devon. Paperback Volume. 40.

Associated Monuments

MDV8130Related to: Dartington Hall (Building)
MDV8131Related to: South Court of Dartington Hall (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds

  • FDV4320 - ORNAMENT (XI to Unknown - 1066 AD)
  • FDV1770 - PIN (XIV to XVI - 1400 AD to 1600 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV4972 - Excavations in the Gardens of Dartington Hall

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2011 1:10PM