WAW-C67F20: Medieval book clasp (front and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-C67F20

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper-alloy book clasp, a sub-triangle with a narrowed and moulded knop at the apex; a circular hole runs transversely through the knop but is filled with a copper alloy rivet or pin. The centre of the clasp has a second hole which runs from top to bottom, and this is also filled with copper alloy. This is likely to have fitted over a peg on the opposite book cover and the hole may retain the peg.

The base of the 'triangle' has two integral knops, one at either corner, which are joined by a separate copper-alloy bar showing signs of wear. The reverse of the clasp is flat and undecorated, whereas the upper surface is slightly domed. The surface of the clasp is abraded and corroded.

It measures 25.13mm long, 14.2mm wide and 4.56mm thick. It weighs 4.82g. The clasp would have been used in conjunction with leather straps to keep books closed when not in use. Egan (1998) illustrates similar clasps, for example No. 922. Egan comments that these clasps date from the late 14th to early 15th century.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.1.1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1375
Date to: Circa AD 1425

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.13 mm
Width: 14.2 mm
Thickness: 4.56 mm
Weight: 4.82 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Cookhill (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0557
Four figure Latitude: 52.211198
Four figure longitude: -1.928243
1:25K map: SP0557
1:10K map: SP05NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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