York, 16-22 Coppergate
Copper alloy tweezers

1. (top) 12th/13th century
At the head a small oval loop of rectangular section; the sides gradually widen from the loop to squared tips. The upper end is decorated with a deeply cut wave design. Below the slide, the tips are flattened and decorated with incised zig-zag design.
Dimensions: L.96, W.5, T.4mm

2. (bottom) early 12th century
Formed from strip of rectangular section, looped at upper end, a clip at lower end, below which tips are splayed out. It is decorated on both faces with rouletted lines and along both edges with three pairs of notches.
Dimensions: L.78, W.4, T.2mm

Bibliography :
Ottaway, P. and Rogers, N.S.H., 2002. Craft, Industry and Everyday Life: Finds from Medieval York, The Archaeology of York 17/15
Location and accession details
York Archaeological Trust 1976-81.7, 1. sf3705, 2. sf4336

(Photo: S. I. Hill © York Archaeological Trust)

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