BH-2955CA: Post Medieval toggle-clasp

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Unique ID: BH-2955CA

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy Post Medieval toggle-clasp from a sword-belt hanger dating to the 16th-17th century. The squared edge of the attachment end is cabled with a shallow horizontal groove below it. The surface between the edge and groove is decorated with very worn angled grooves or cables. Below this the plate narrows and has a circular perforation at the centre, infilled with a circular-sectioned iron rivet with a flattened head. The centre of the plate widens into convexly curved shoulders and sides consisting of three bifurcated points with a large circular aperture in the centre. Extending downwards, the plate again narrows before widening into two bifurcated points either side with another circular-sectioned iron rivet in the centre. A raised and protruding toggle bar sits on top of a narrowed neck. The reverse of the object is concavely curved and undecorated. 

The patina on the surfaces is mottled light green and brown in colour.

The toggle-clasp is 41.81mm long, 17.27mm wide and a maximum of 4.92mm thick. The object weighs 6.69 grams.

For similar objects recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, see SF9069, SUSS-76BA75, BUC-7D5ACA and HAMP-592A93.

Class: sword belt fitting

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.81 mm
Width: 17.27 mm
Thickness: 4.92 mm
Weight: 6.69 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 25th February 2015 - Wednesday 25th February 2015

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Curvilinear
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: North Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Lilley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL1027
Four figure Latitude: 51.93065334
Four figure longitude: -0.40155844
1:25K map: TL1027
1:10K map: TL12NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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