SOM-329465: Post Medieval Hooked Tag

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Unique ID: SOM-329465

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver artefact, heart-shaped, with back plate onto which a cushioned heart-shaped element has been soldered. The heart on the front decorated with applied filigree circles and knops radiating from the centre. The back flat with no sign of previously-attached bars or hooks, though the front right of the object suggests that a projecting element there has been torn away and lost. Length: 20 mm.

It is not clear how the object was worn or used but its decoration suggests a close comparison with Tudor dress fittings with hooks and attachment bars. Heart-shaped dress fittings are not as yet recorded through the Treasure Act however.

Probably 15th-16th century.

As such, due to its age and precious metal content, this object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 (Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections).

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Somerset County Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2008T390


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1599

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.6 mm
Width: 19.2 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 2.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st June 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Dr Dora Thornton
Secondary identifier: Dr Dora Thornton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020285
Treasure case number: 2008T390
Museum accession number: TTNCM 81/2010

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Crewkerne

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Somerset County Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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