SUSS-2F66D7: Late Medieval - Post Medieval hooked tag

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Unique ID: SUSS-2F66D7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published


Silver gilt hooked tag dating to c.1450-1550 AD.


Central plate from a Post Medieval hooked tag missing the attachment loop and hook. The remaining part is a sub-circular plate with a plain, flat back and convex, cast decoration on the front. The front is shaped into a central heart surrounded by a garland with five cinquefoils on it. Five circular holes in the recessed area between the heart and the wreath create an openwork appearance. The hook and loop are missing and there appear to be old breaks at the left and right corners on the top and at the bottom. (It is unlikely that these are where part of the garland has broken away, or that the hook, loop or both may have been soldered on separately as there is no evidence of soldering on the back). The fastener is silver with traces of gilding on the front of the plate around the garland.

Published examples of similarly decorated hooked tags have integral or separate loops and hooks e.g. Treasure case 2006 T316 (with separate wire loop) and Read (2008:126) No. 518 which has a loop cast solid with the plate and a soldered on separate hook.


Hooked tags of this type were popular from c.1450-c.1550 AD and many variations are known. They were used as clothing fasteners. In terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2008 T676


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.6 mm
Width: 14.4 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 1.82 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 21st September 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2006 T316
Treasure case number: 2008 T676

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Arun (District)
To be known as: Near Goring by Sea

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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