SUSS-007854: Post-medieval : Clasp

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CLASP

Unique ID: SUSS-007854

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

One half (the hook part) of an 18th to early 19th century stock clasp. One of the outer edges is straight with a rectangular hook on the underside. The opposite edge then flares outwards and forms a much wider, rounded edge. There are three circular-headed rivets on the underside of this curved edge. The rivets can also be seen on the front surface. The front surface is covered with an incised decoration. There is a parallel set of lines running up from the straight edge of the plate. Inside these lines there are three bands of cross-hatched lines, inside borders. Also curving away from the straight edge is a curved parallel border containing a series of incised rings. On the curved edge of the plate there are two pelta shaped, each with parallel incised lines inside them. The field between the peltas is also decorated with incised lines. The reverse is undecorated. The clasp has a dark greyish-green patina.

Clasps such of these were used on wide leather stocks worn at the neck, most commonly by the military. See http://www.wmboothdraper.com/Buckles/StockClasp.jpg for a modern reproduction for re-enactors.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.3 mm
Width: 24.9 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 9.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st April 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Lewes (District)
To be known as: Firle

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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