IOW-B72041: Complete silver-gilt cap-badge of late fifteenth to the first half of the sixteenth century date (c. AD 1475 – c. AD 1550). Treasure case no. BM2004 T359.

Rights Holder: Frank Basford
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Unique ID: IOW-B72041

Object type certainty: Certain
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Complete silver-gilt cap-badge of late fifteenth to the first half of the sixteenth century date (c. AD 1475 - c. AD 1550). Treasure case no. BM2004 T359. Length 15mm, width 14mm and maximum thickness 6mm. Weight 3.62g.

The front of the plate is in the form of a stylised flower with four main petals at the corners and four smaller petals between. Each of the larger petals is enhanced with moulded "ribs" and each is slightly different. The centre of the flower is formed by a raised truncated pyramid. The rear side of the plate has a soldered pin which is slightly out of alignment and doubles back to make contact with the plate. The end of the pin is also bent back towards the plate and tapers to a sharp point. The soldered part of the pin is flattened and the remaining part is sub-circular in cross-section. The surface of the rear face is striated with many linear "scratch marks" which perhaps, reflect the surface of the mould in which the piece was cast. Alternatively, the scratch marks may have been created whilst the object was in use. The object is slightly worn.


This cap-badge belongs to a small group to have been reported as Treasure, some in gold with enamel and gemstones, others with relief subjects in silver-gilt. The attachment indicates a cap-badge rather than a dress-hook. The hook would be passed through the brim and into the crown of the cap to create the profile and decorative effect as depicted in the portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger of Simon George - c 1540 (Gaimster, D. Hayward, M. Mitchell, D. and Parker, K. 2002. "Tudor Dress-Hooks: A New Class of Treasure Find in England". The Antiquaries Journal. 82, 182. Society of Antiquaries of London.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Treasure process
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1475
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15 mm
Width: 14 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 3.62 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 25th September 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Ms Dora Thornton
Secondary identifier: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2004-157 (Treasure case no. BM2004 T359)

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gold

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Arreton Parish

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Treasure process
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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