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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: SF5386

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper-alloy book fastener made up of two plates, each with a central circular perforation. Each sheet is sub-rectangular with all edges slightly incurved. A copper-alloy rivet survives at each of three corners, but the fourth corner is damaged. The upper plate is decorated with an engraved border, and a double-strand engraved lozenge with incurved sides around the central perforation. Along each long side there are also two short curved lines extending from the border. The lines have been made by rocking the engraver slightly from side to side. There are traces of gilding and the mount measures 36 x 16 mm. It has been suggested that the circular hole on this type of mount served to reinforce a belt hole, but at 4 mm diameter the hole in this one looks too small for such a function and was probably decorative. Similar mounts come from contexts of 1350-1450 in London (Egan and Pritchard 1991, 123).

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.7

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 7.71 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st March 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: SUFFOLK FRECKENHAM

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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: SF
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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