MAS-D100233: MAS-D100233; Kent; Unidentified Object; Image 1 of 1

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UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT

Unique ID: MAS-D100233

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

This find appears to be some form of decorative finial manufactured from a non-ferrous metal, possibly a copper alloy. It measures approximately 356 mm in length, 102 mm in width at the base and 127 mm in width at the widest point just below the top of the object. The base appears to be damaged, though clearly separates into three possible legs or feet. Approximately 76 mm from the base it seems to narrow slightly, possibly due to bearing a ring decoration, though this is difficult to ascertain due to the level of encrustation on the object. The shaft of the item extends for a further c. 76 mm before expanding to a Doric column style embellishment of three gradually expanding rings, the uppermost having rounded edges. Above this is an elaborate styled decoration with six radially arranges loops, coming to a point in the centre.

The intended use of the object is not evident from the available information and it is not clear whether this was cargo or part of a vessels fittings. Suggested uses include a fire dog or part of a fireplace, decorative finial of some description. In terms of date the style appears to be 19th century or later and, given that it comes from a wreck dating to 1878 this seems most likely.

Notes:

This item was recovered from the wreck of SS Pomerania, a German ocean liner steamer built in 1873 by J. Caird & Co., in Greenock. This vessel was one of many owned by the Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt Actien Gesellschaft (HAPAG); a transatlantic shipping enterprise established in Hamburg in 1847 that transported hundreds of thousands of emigrants from Germany, Scandinavia, and eastern Europe to the United States, Canada, Latin America, and other destinations around the world. The ship sank in 1878, 5 miles SE of Folkestone whilst carrying 109 passengers and 111 crew en route from New York to Cherbourg and Hamburg, last from Plymouth, following a collision with Welsh barque Moel Eilian and resulting in the loss of 55 lives.

NRHE and Kent HER reference numbers cited in this record refer to the wreck of SS Pomerania.

Class: Metal work

Wreck details

Droit number: 304/18

Chronology

Broad period: NINETEENTH CENTURY
Period from: NINETEENTH CENTURY
Period to: NINETEENTH CENTURY
Date to: Exactly AD 1878

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 355 mm
Width: 127 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 26th September 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: P T

Other reference numbers

NRHE monument number: 883110
Other reference: Kent HER Number: TR 33 SW 26
Droit ID: 304/18

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR3232
Four figure Latitude: 51.04048916
Four figure longitude: 1.30806705
1:25K map: TR3232
1:10K map: TR33SW
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Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Diving
Discovery circumstances: Diving

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: MAS
Created: Wednesday 10th October 2018
Updated: Thursday 26th March 2020

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