Personal & Toiletry Items
mirror cases - earscoops & nail cleaners - tweezers - purse frames

 

Mirror cases

Mirror case
with punchwork

MC02


Object
:
Mirror case
Culture:
Medieval. 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Gloucestershire, UK
Material: Bronze
Size:
41mm x 29mm x 7mm
Size: open 78mm x 29mm

Weight:
14.82 grams

Notes: Medieval English bronze mirror case complete and with working hinge. The glass is absent but otherwise excellent condition. This is a wonderful medieval bronze mirror case, dating to the 13th-14th century. Both faces are decorated with punched geometric design. The object is intact with the original working hinge, the inside glass is missing.
This example is complete which is quite rare for these little mirrors. A good example with a nice patina.

Ex. Private collection, originally found in England.

Similar to: Portable Antiquities Scheme Item BH-D9A5B1, found Hertfordshire, 1300-1450 with the exception that only one parallel row of punchwork crosses the face.
Similar to:
Identical to Museum of London Dress Accessories, Pritchard & Egan, Items 1714, 1715, 1716. Billingsgate Lorry Park, London. Ceramic phase 9, dating 1270-1350.
Similar to: PAS, Wales. Item: NMGW-37D49E
Similar to: PAS, South Oxfordshire. Item: SUR-33CF97.

Mirror case
with punch work
MC01

Object: Mirror case
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Somerset, England
Material: Copper alloy
Size: 85mm opened. 35mm wide
Weight: 14.33 grams

Notes:
Medieval English bronze mirror case complete and with working hinge. The glass is absent. Dating to the 13th - 14th century. Both faces are decorated with punched geometric design. The object is intact with the original hinge and pin, although the cases are not joined.

Similar to: Portable Antiquities Scheme Item BH-D9A5B1, found Hertfordshire, 1300-1450 with the exception that only one parallel row of punchwork crosses the face.
Similar to:
Identical to Museum of London Dress Accessories, Pritchard & Egan, Items 1714, 1715, 1716. Billingsgate Lorry Park, London. Ceramic phase 9, dating 1270-1350.
Similar to: PAS, Wales. Item: NMGW-37D49E
Similar to: PAS, South Oxfordshire. Item: SUR-33CF97.

Mirror case
half valve

MC03


Object
:
Mirror case half
Culture:
Medieval. 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Britain
Material: Bronze
Size:
40mm x 30mm
Weight: 5.29 grams


Notes
:
Medieval English bronze mirror case half. Face is decorated with punched geometric design. The object is incomplete.

Ex. Private collection formed in the 1980's, originally found in England.

Similar to: Portable Antiquities Scheme Item BH-D9A5B1, found Hertfordshire, 1300-1450.
Similar to:
Identical to Museum of London Dress Accessories, Pritchard & Egan, Items 1714, 1715, 1716. Billingsgate Lorry Park, London. Ceramic phase 9, dating 1270-1350.
Similar to: PAS, Wales. Item: NMGW-37D49E
Similar to: PAS, South Oxfordshire. Item: SUR-33CF97.

 

Ear scoops & nail cleaners

 

Ear scoop/nail cleaner
with barley-twist stem

ES01

Object
:
Ear scoop/nail cleaner
Culture:
Medieval. 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Buckhamshire River, England
Material: Bronze
Size:
62mm
Weight: 0.87 grams

Notes: Barley twist stem on a combination ear scoop and nail cleaner. One piece construction with end terminating with a point.

Metal detecting find from the Buckinghamshire River.

Similar to: Item 1758, Baynard House, Baynard Castle Dock, London. MoL Egan & Pritchard Dress Accessories.

 

Tweezers

 

Tweezers
with lock

TWE01


Object
:
Locking tweezers
Culture:
Medieval
Country of Origin: England
Material:
Size:
72mm
Weight: 7.66 grams

Notes: Tweezers are complete and in working condition. There is a locking wire present which is designed to slide towards the folded loop.

This item is similar to many other found both earlier and later.

Similar to: Museum of London, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard. Item 1775. Swan Lane. London.

Tweezers
with wire lock

TWE02


Object
:
Tweezers
Culture:
Medieval.
Country of Origin: Northern Ukraine.
Material: Bronze/bronze alloy
Size:
57mm x 4mm
Weight: 3.15 grams

Notes: Tweezers are complete and in working condition. There is a locking wire present which is designed to slide towards the folded loop.

This item is similar to many other found both earlier and later.

Similar to: Museum of London, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard. Item 1775. Swan Lane. London.


Purse Frames
Purse frame
with decorated knop

PUFR01


Object
:
Purse frame
Culture:
Medieval
Area of Origin: Britain
Material: Bronze
Size:
76mm x 50mm
Weight: 34.42 grams

Notes
: The purse frame is incomplete but in excellent condition. The central apeture houses a pin with large suspention loop which has a thick collar where it buts against the purse frame arms.

One arm in complete and has a decorated knop terminus with a line around the circumfrence of the knop and cross hatching on the knop terminus proper. The second arm in incomplete.

From a small collection formed in the 1980's.

Similar to: Identical to Portible Antiquities Scheme Item SOM-13AE42, 95mm Stogumber, Somerset dated 1450-1550.

Purse frame arm
with knop

PUFR02


Object
:
Purse frame arm
Culture:
Medieval
Country of Origin: Britain
Material: Bronze
Size:
36mm
Weight: 4.75 grams

Notes: The arm is solid cast with a knop decorated with cross hatching.

From a small collection formed in the 1980's.

Similar to: Almost identical to a missing piece of a purse frame auctioned on eBay. Arm size and decoration match.


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