Buttons & Bells

 

Buttons with flat backs

 

Button
with shank
BUT05


Object
:
Button
Culture:
Tudor
Country of Origin: England, UK
Material:
Size:
11mm diameter on face.
Weight: 3.02 grams

Notes: Disc shaped, cast button measuring 11mm on the face x 5mm thick on the body and 9mm shank. The face is decorated with a raised circular swirl and a protruding central nipple.

Button
with decorated face

BUT27


Object
:
Button
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Ashford, Kent, England.
Material: Bronze
Size:
15mm x 14mm
Weight: 3.44 grams

Notes:
Disc shaped, cast button measuring 15mm on the face. The face is decorated with a raised circular swirl and a protruding central nipple.

These are detector finds. These were found these in a place called Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent UK

Button
with decorated face

BUT28


Object
:
Button
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Ashford, Kent, England.
Material: Bronze
Size:
15mm x 14mm
Weight: 2.98 grams

Notes: Disc shaped, cast button measuring 15mm on the face. The face is decorated with a raised circular swirl and a protruding central nipple.

These are metal detector finds found these in a place called Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent, UK.

Button
with shank

BUT06


Object
: Button
Culture: Medieval
Country of Origin: England
Material: Bronze
Size: 10mm diameter
Weight: 1.36 g
rams

Notes: Button has a domed body and an integral cast shank which narrows at its apex. Button is plain and undecorated.

Described as: Superb Medieval buttons one silver one bronze both found in England L80w.

Provenance: from old English collection.

Button
with shank
BUT12

Object: Button
Culture:
Medieval. 14th - 15th century
Country of Origin: England
Material: Copper alloy
Size:
9mm diameter, 10mm entire
Weight: 1.46 grams

Notes:
Button body is slightly domed with an integral cast shank which is circular. The button loop is complete and unbroken.

Found in England uncleaned condition. L272

Button
with shank
BUT11

Object: Button
Culture:
Medieval. 14th-15th century
Area of Origin: Durham County, England
Material: Copper alloy
Size:
10mm diameter, 15mm length
Weight: 1.53 grams

Notes: Button body is slightly domed with an integral cast shank which is circular. The button loop is complete and unbroken. Although the button was found in a Roman area, the style, size and type are consistant with later, medieval finds.

Found on Dere Street course of a Roman road in Durham County, England in the 1970s by seller's father L299. Described as "Nice little Roman/Medieval copper alloy button, intact."

 

Round buttons with nipples

 

Button
with shank 1

BUT02

Object
:
Button
Culture:
Early medieval. 10th-12th century
Area of Origin: Kiev, West Ukraine
Material: bronze, gold gilding
Size:
9mm diameter
Weight: 2.42 grams

Notes: Solid bronze button, cast with integral loop and small round protruding nipple.

Found during excavations in the west of Ukraine. These buttons are the period of Kievan Rus. They belong to the 10th-12th century.

Button
with shank 2

BUT03

Object
:
Button
Culture:
Early medieval. 10th-12th century
Area of Origin: Kiev, West Ukraine
Material: bronze, gold gilding
Size:
9mm diameter
Weight: 2.65 grams

Notes: Solid bronze button, cast with integral loop and small round protruding nipple.

Found during excavations in the west of Ukraine. These buttons are the period of Kievan Rus. They belong to the 10th-12th century.

Button
with nipple

BUT26

Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Tin?
Size: 18mm diameter, 15mm length
Weight: 1.29 grams

Notes: Ball shaped button with single protruding nipple sitauted centrally. The button is hollow and constructed in two parts which are joined at the diameter where a line is visible. It has a wire loop attachment which is complete and unbroken.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
with nubbed top

BUT23


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze
Size: 12mm diameter, 14mm length
Weight: 0.91 grams

Notes: The button is a slightly flattened ball shaped with five raised nubs on the upper surface of the ball. There is a central num with the further four equally spaced from the centre and each other. The shank is of wire construction and is complete and unbroken. The button body is hollow and formed in two pieces which are joined at the circumference where a line is visible.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

 

Round buttons

 

Button
with radiating grooves

BUT16


Object
:
Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze or lead
Size: 10mm diameter, 18mm length
Weight: 3.17 grams

Notes: The button is of a flattened ball shape and of cast construction. The shank is an integral part of the button. The top of the ball has a number of lgrooves radiating out from the centre. The button is complete and unbroken. The button is identical to those found on leather pouches.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
with stripes

BUT19


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze
Size: 10mm diameter, 14mm length
Weight: 1.64 grams

Notes: The button is ball shaped and of cast construction. The shank and loop are integral. There are two lines which run around the circumference and another which runs across the top surface of the button. A number of lines radiate at right angles to the top line along the upper and lower of the body.

Found in the Balkans. As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
with decorated top

BUT22


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze
Size: 11mm diameter, 15mm length
Weight: 4.61 grams

Notes: The button is ball shaped and has two lines around the circumference where the two halves join. The upper of the button is decorated with six lines radiating from the centre outwards on one side of the button only. The button is of solid cast construction with an integral shank. The button is complete and unbroken.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
with wire shank

BUT01

Object
:
Button
Culture:
Medieval. 14th century
Country of Origin: England
Material: tin?
Size:
16mm diameter
Weight: 1.14 grams

Notes: Ball-shaped button.
Hollow button with a protruding wire loop. There is a slight ridge around the circumference.

Similar to: Item 1384 found at Trig Lane, London. Pritchard & Egan, MoL, Dress Accessories.

Button
with loop

BUT18


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze
Size: 6mm diameter, 18mm overall length
Weight: 1.17 grams

Notes: The button is ball shaped with no visible decoration. Two piece hollow construction with wire loop whihc is complete and unbroken. There is a visible line around the lower circumference where the halves join.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Similar to: Item 1384 found at Trig Lane, London. Pritchard & Egan, MoL, Dress Accessories.

Button
with wire loop

BUT14


Object
:
Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze/ copper alloy
Size: 8mm diameter, 11mm overall length
Weight: 0.63 grams

Notes: The button is ball shaped with no visible decoration. Two piece hollow construction with wire loop which is complete and unbroken. There is a visible line around the lower quarter of the circumference where the halves join.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
acorn shaped

BUT17


Object
:
Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze or copper
Size: 8mm diameter, 11mm length
Weight: 0.62 grams

Notes: The button is slightly acorn shaped with a smaller lower and a rounder top. There is no visible decoration. Two piece hollow construction with wire loop which is complete and unbroken. There is a visible line around the lower quarter of the circumference where the halves join.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
with shank

BUT04

Object
:
Button
Culture:
Early medieval
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Material: gold gilding
Size:
4mm diameter
Weight: 0.54 grams

Notes: Ball-shaped button. Solid, cast button with a protruding integral round loop.

These buttons are the period of Kievan Rus, found during excavations in the west of Ukraine. They belong to the 10th-12th century.

Similar to: Item 1377 found at Billingsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames Street, London. Pritc hard & Egan, MoL Dress Accessories.

Button
with shank
BUT13

Object
: Button
Culture: Medieval
Country of Origin: England
Material: Silver
Size: 14mm x 8mm
Weight: 2.83 g
rams

Notes: Button has a spherical body and an integral cast shank which is uniform in thickness. Button is plain and undecorated.

Described as: Superb Medieval buttons one silver one bronze both found in England L80w.

Provenance: from old English collection.

Similar to: button 1377, Billingsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, Museum of London Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
with shank
BUT29


Object
:
Button with shank
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Ashford, Kent, England
Material: Bronze
Size:
16mm x 14mm
Weight: 5.95 grams

Notes:
Spherical ball button, solid cast with solid cast loop and shank soldered. No decoration or markings are present.

These are detector finds. Found in a place called Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent UK

Similar to: button 1377, Billingsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, Museum of London Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
with shank

BUT30


Object
:
Button
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Kent, England
Material: Bronze
Size:
15mm x 11mm
Weight: 3.52 grams

Notes:
Spherical ball button, solid cast with solid cast loop and shank soldered. No decoration or markings are present.

These are detector finds. Found in a place called Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent UK

Similar to: button 1377, Billingsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, MoL, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
with shank

BUT31


Object
:
Button
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Ashford, Kent, England
Material: Bronze
Size:
15mm x 11mm
Weight: 2.74 grams

Notes: Spherical ball button, solid cast with solid cast loop and shank soldered. No decoration or markings are present. redmarrow: These are detector finds.

Found in a place called Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent UK

Similar to: button 1377, Billinsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, MoL, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
with shank

BUT32


Object
:
Button with shank
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Little Chart, Kent, England
Material: Bronze
Size:
16mm x 14mm
Weight: 5.49 grams

Notes: Spherical ball button, solid cast with integral loop shank. No decoration or markings are present.

These are detector finds. Found in a place called Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent, UK.

Similar to: button 1377, Billinsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, MoL, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
with wire shank
BUT09

Object: Button
Culture:
Medieval 14th-15th century
Country of Origin: England
Material: bronze
Size:
ball 5mm diameter, overall 8mm length
Weight: 0.3 grams

Notes: Spherical ball button, solid cast with wire loop shank soldered. No decoration or markings are present.

Described as: From an old collection. Rare complete tiny child's medieval bronze button found in England L272. uncleaned condition.

Similar to: button 1377, Billinsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, MoL, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
Small with long shank
BUT20


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: lead
Size: 7mm diameter, 12mm length
Weight: 1.26 grams

Notes: Button is ball shaped with along shank for the integral loop. The shank has a small split, possibly from the casting process. Cast construction. No visible decoration.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining. Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Similar to: button 1377, Billinsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, MoL, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
with wire shank
BUT07

Object: Button
Culture:
Medieval/Tudor
Area of Origin: UK
Material: Copper alloy
Size:
10mm diameter
Weight: 1.41 grams

Notes:
Ball-shaped button. Traces of silver gild or tinning are present. Hollow button with a protruding wire loop. There is a slight ridge around the circumference.

Provenance from an old private collection in uncleaned condition found in UK. L440.

Similar to: Item 1384 found at Trig Lane, London. MoL, Dress Accessories, Pitchard & Egan.
Similar to: Almost identical to button BU01 in this collection dated at 14th century.

Button
with wire shank
BUT08

Object: Button
Culture:
Medieval
Country of Origin: UK
Material: copper alloy
Size: 10mm diameter

Weight: 0.97 grams

Notes: Button is hollow and has a singular shaft with a loop attached to the inner centre.

Sold as copper alloy button in uncleaned condition found in UK. L440 from an old private collection.

Similar to: button 1384, Billinsgate Lorry Park, Lower Thames, Museum of London Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard.

Button
with shank
BU10

Object: Button
Culture:
Medieval
Country of Origin: England
Material: bronze
Size:
12mm ball, 15mm total length
Weight: 4.08 grams

Notes: Solid cast button with integral shank. Stem of the shank in plain and undecorated. The button surface is plain and undecorated. The hole is complete and unbroken.

Sold as: "Rare complete medieval bronze button found in England uncleaned condition. L95a"

Button
with formed loop

BUT21


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: lead
Size: 8mm diameter
Weight: 1.69 grams

Notes: Small cast button with the loop formed by bending over the post which was an integral post. Button is dome shaped with no decoration visible.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining. Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
with very long shank

BUT33


Object
:
Button with shank
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Little Chart, Kent, England
Material: Bronze
Size:
25mm x 14mm
Weight: 7.29 grams

Notes:Spherical ball button, solid cast with cast solid shank. The shank is unusually long. No decoration or markings are present.

These are detector finds, found these in a place called Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent, UK.

Button
with square collar

BUT15


Object
:
Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Lead
Size: 8mm diameter, 15mm length
Weight: 2.81 grams

Notes: The button is of cast construction and has a square shaped body with rounded edges and a square shaped collar where it joins the shank. The shank is integrally cast and sits at right angles to the body. There is no further decoration visible.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

 

Pre 14th century buttons

 

Button
with circles

BUT25


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze
Size: 11mm diameter, 14mm length
Weight: 1.99 grams

Notes: The button is of cast construction and has an integral shank joining the body at right angles which tapers to a slight point at the loop end. The loop is unusually large. The body is flat with a singular impression in the centre and a single circular groove running parallel to the edge.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

Button
with flat body

BUT24


Object
: Button
Culture: 4th-13th century
Area of Origin: North-West part of Bulgaria. Balkans
Material: Bronze
Size: 11mm diameter, 10mm
Weight: 1.24 grams

Notes: The button is of cast construction and has an integral shank joining the body at right angles which is situated off centre. The body is flat with no decoration visible.

As found in the soil, not cleaned and still with the earth deposits remaining.

Part of a group dated between 4th-13th century.

 

Bells

 

Bell
with decorated lower half

BE01


Object
:
Bell
Culture:
Medieval
Country of Origin: England
Material:
Size:
20mm
Weight: 2.08 grams

Notes: Bell is in working condition. Shank is cast as an integral part of the bell. Upper section is undecorated, lower part has twin diagonal ridges and a series of 4 paralell lines towards the bell opening. Base of the bell has two openings, one large terminating in circular ends and an opening crossing without circular ends.

Crotal bell
with two holes

BE02


Object
:
Bell
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Suffolk, England
Material:
Size:
25mm diameter, 35mm length.
Weight: 22.33 grams

Notes: Bell is of cast construction with a acorn shaped ball and a shank which is flat and rectangular. The upper of the bell has a section missing and the lower section has two holes towards the rear.. The Bell upper is incomplete.

Metal Detecting Find. Item has only been lightly cleaned, and is unresearched. Found in the UK Suffolk.

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