Medieval padlock in the form of a horse

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Object type: Padlock
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 09/08/2022
Location: Wychavon, Worcestershire


A copper alloy padlock of a type that could date from 1100 – 1600. The horse is represented in some detail and has a saddle and harness; the mechanism is missing. It would probably have been used to secure a small casket.