BERK-621BE7: Medieval mount: Belt or casket mount

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CLASP

Unique ID: BERK-621BE7

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A cast copper alloy toggle clasp, dating to the 16th / 17th century. The mount is triangular in form with two open circles cut out from each long side at the top and bottom. There is a three-pronged crown design on each side between these open circles, with a central circular hole between for decoration. There is one rivet hole towards the base of the clasp that retains an iron rivet, the base is crenellated while the peak has a rounded knop which would have slotted into a clasp attachment, now missing.
The clasp would have been one of two opposite each other with a clasp attachment in the centre of the two. An identical clasp is featured in Read (2008:208-209), figs 753 & 757. These clasp are thought to have adorned sword belts or similar. A smaller example of this fitting was found close by (BERK-624D97), although it is unclear, and due to the smaller size unlikely that they were part of the same clasp, although they could have adorned the same belt.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.99 mm
Width: 18.41 mm
Thickness: 2.13 mm
Weight: 4.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2008 - Wednesday 18th August 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2010.512

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Basingstoke and Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Cliddesden (Civil Parish)

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  • Laura Burnett wrote @ 14:18:36 on the 2nd December 2010.

    Toggle clasp, see Read (2008) Hooked-clasps and eyes, p.209, no.757

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

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