Find Spot record MLI30033 - Brass Pot, Helmet and Beads, Harlaxton


A brass pot containing silver beads and a gold helmet, found at Harlaxton in the 16th century.

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'A brass pot containing silver beads, a gold helmet set with stones and mouldering writings found at Harleston in early 16th century'. The discovery is initally thought to have been taken by John of Gaunt, who was a local landowner in the early 16th century. The helmet is believed to have been gifted to Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII, before being possibly gifted to the Spanish monarchy and kept in the Cabinet of Madrid. Enquiries by Crawford failed to discover any trace of the helmet or other parts of the hoard, however, and their current whereabouts are not known. There have been suggestions that the hoard was of Iron Age material, though this cannot be confirmed. {1}{2}{3}{4}{5}

Sources/Archives (5)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: Lucy Toulmin Smith (ed.). 1964. The Itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543. -.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Allen, Thomas. 1834. The history of the county of Lincoln, from the earliest period to the present time. -.
  •  Article in Serial: 1927. ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL. vol.1, p.229.
  •  Article in Serial: C.W. Phillips. 1935. 'The Present State of Archaeology in Lincolnshire: Part 2' in the Archaeological Journal. -.
  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SK 83 SE: 26.


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Record last edited

Jan 11 2022 11:45AM


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