Purse frame fragment
Late medieval or Tudor, 15th-16th century AD
Found by a metal detectorist at Meonstoke, Hampshire, about 1996
This copper-alloy purse frame would have supported a cloth purse which hung at the owner's belt. Both surfaces of the surviving frame fragment are inscribed, and the inscriptions would originally have been inlaid with niello, a metallic alloy, only a small amount of which survives. On one side the inscription reads: RATVIA. The original inscription on the complete frame likely read in latin NOSTRI RATVIA. The other side reads: TVAP(reversed)S.
Portable Antiquities Scheme find number HAMP-674C31.