More on the PURSE BAR

2nd March 2015 — 5 Comments

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Jigsaw puzzles are fun, relaxing, and promote a number of skills that are necessary for a successful life. I reckon that most advisers on the UKDFD were once advocates of this puzzling pastime because their problem solving can often be likened to putting together the pieces in a jigsaw.


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Some people will start to solve a puzzle by looking at the top of the box to get a clear picture of what they are trying to create and fit the pieces together following the clues. However, In the case of advisers trying to identify an object, there are often missing pieces and no guarantee that the solution can be reached. 

I am reminded that In early December 2007, a lady uploaded an object to the database for her son which (she thought) looked Roman in origin. Although the item looked interesting it was incomplete.

What she had submitted was an upside-down picture of the partefact from which the advisers were able to tell her it was a copper-alloy purse bar. An attempt was made at reversing the picture, but because of the lighting it looked unnatural. So, as well as showing her a similar and complete purse bar taken from the database, they asked if another picture could be taken – but this time, the right way up!

When the lady saw the picture of the complete purse bar, husband Richard realised he had put a loop very similar to the missing part in the grot box about eight months ago! After feverishly taking a look to see if it was still there, he eventually found the bit he was looking for and it fitted exactly! New pictures were taken of the purse bar – now almost complete – and subsequently recorded as 10544.

 A late medieval to early Tudor period purse bar with a broken suspension loop, the top of which was found separately. The bar has a shield-shaped central boss with short circular-section arms and bun-shaped terminals, one of which is missing. The arms each have a single circumferential groove. The swivelling suspension loop is relatively large and ovoid in shape, with a triple-collared base and integral spindle. It has broken immediately above the collar.

The moral of this story is that you never throw anything away that looks remotely interesting


Here’s one that jerrykerry of MLO found a few weeks ago. Thanks for sharing.


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5 responses to More on the PURSE BAR

  1. I wonder how many of those top loops have been found and misidentified as rein guides.

  2. Nice early follow up John, now just got to find a whole one !

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