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HAMP2800: Wherwell: book-clasp

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Unique ID: HAMP2800

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast copper-alloy one-piece book clasp loop and plate. The sub-rectangular plate is split to hold the missing leather strap and has two rivet holes at the end, with traces of both copper-alloy rivets. There is a transverse moulded ridge dividing the plate from the sub-circular loop which has a central oval hole (2.5 x 4.5mm) and terminates in a loop in the form of an animal's head. The terminal has a hole (2.5 x 4.5mm) which is at right angles to the rest of the clasp. The reverse is flat. The upper surface is decorated with moulded curving motifs, with small traces of gilding surviving.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.10

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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: 49.5 mm
Width: 18 mm
Weight: 10.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2002

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sally Worrell
Identified by: Ms Sally Worrell

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Test Valley (District)

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: HAMP
Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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