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Decorated copper-alloy lid

Post-medieval, probably 16th century.

Found in the 1970s during excavations of the archaeological section of the Winchester Museum on Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire.

It is a disc of sheet metal with a descending rim that was probably originally a lid for the lid of a small cylindrical box. It is decorated with stamped patterns, including, in the center, a winged deer on a stepped background. This item dates from a time when the northern suburb of Winchester was sparsely populated, as a large private town house appeared on the site of Hyde Abbey after the dissolution of the monasteries, and even the medieval houses on Victoria Road were demolished.