IOW-832BD6: Post-Medieval Snake Strap Fitting

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: IOW-832BD6

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post-Medieval cast copper-alloy 'S'-shaped belt fastener of c. 1575-c. 1800 date. This fastener is in the form of a curved snake forming two hooks. It is convex at the front and flat at the rear. The head has a gaping mouth and the eyes are not apparent. The tail tapers to a rounded point. It has a moulded pattern on each side that emulates skin. 43.4 x 21.1 x 4.7mm. Weight: 14.32g. These S-shaped 'snake belt' fasteners were probably associated with sword belts in the 17th and 18th centuries and parallels can be seen in Bailey's (1997) Detector Finds 3, 21-22. Fasteners with snake heads continue in use on military and boys belts well into the 20th century.

Class: S-shaped fastener

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1575
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.4 mm
Width: 21.1 mm
Thickness: 4.7 mm
Weight: 14.32 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th November 2010

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2010-1-675

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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