SWYOR-E8B2B1: dress fastener probably

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Unique ID: SWYOR-E8B2B1

Object type certainty: Certain
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Probably a hasp section of a cast copper alloy, hasp and clasp type dress fastener, probably c. 1600-1750. It is the "eye" half of a hook and eye. The fastener is of openwork design, the main body being in the shape of a heart. Below the bottom of the heart is a short, rectangular crossbar above a lozenge shaped projection that is pierced with a circular hole probably for attaching to a garment. Above the heart is a lozenge shaped perforation, flanked by two small lobes with circular fastening holes and above this a rectangular loop to accept the clasp section. There is a trilobed projection into the centre of the heart at its apex. The fastener has a dark green patina and there is wear in the centre of the rectangular loop. It is 42.5mm long, 24mm wide and 2.1mm thick. It weighs 4.92gm. The object has many similarities with Dress Fasteners, but the uneven wear on the loop seems to contradict this theory. An almost identical object but with the loop broken off is SUSS-EC7CE1 which has been identified as a strap fitting. A parallel can be found in Read (1998, 122; ref. 7) that is there described as a 17th-century wall or furniture hook. It is also possible these objects are suspension mounts or pendants of some kind. Although the exact function is not certain, all interpretations suggest the same post medieval date.


This object is in two pieces which have been glued together.

Class: catch piece

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 42.5 mm
Width: 24 mm
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 4.92 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Doncaster Museum Enquiry Form 926

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
District: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Hatfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE6610
Four figure Latitude: 53.58244645
Four figure longitude: -1.00456482
1:25K map: SE6610
1:10K map: SE61SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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