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Site: 18ST329 Fly

Context: Unit 25743A, Lot 146. Plow zone over brick floor feature.

Site Date Range: c. 1650-1750

Metal: Copper alloy

Tine Length: 0.4”

Leather Thickness: 0.15”

This ornament that looks like a six-petaled flower has been called a “faceted sexfoil” style by archaeologists in London. The motif became common for leather decoration by the mid-1300s (Egan and Pritchard 1991). Early examples usually had a separate rivet rather than the integral tines of this example, however. This is most likely a 17th-century example, indicating that this motif persisted for several centuries.

Courtesy of Naval District Washington, Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Webster Field Annex.