SOM-F56DA3: Post Medieval book clasp

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Unique ID: SOM-F56DA3

Object type certainty: Certain
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One part (hooked section) of a Post Medieval book clasp. The clasp is comprised of two thin sheets of copper alloy riveted together at both ends. The upper surface is rectangular in plan with one end (the strap attachment end) expanded into a scalloped fishtailed end. The opposite end widens into a bar from which projects a hook. The reverse is similar in plan with the hook end expanded into a bar, now partly lost to old breaks but missing the hook and with the fluting at the strap attachment end is replaced by a straight but widened end.
The upper surface is decorated in the centre with two low-relief concentric rings and a central low-relief cell. Between this and the expanded strap attachment end is a transverse row of three circular perforations beyond which the sheet is decorated with rows of incised chevrons with raised lines between, possibly imitating feathers. Between the perforations and the end are two separate copper alloy rivets, one to each side of the central line. There are two central rivet holes present at the terminal on the reverse of the clasp but these are now mis-aligned with the rivets due to damage. Between the central recessed cell and the widening at the hook end are many parallel incised lines arranged in a row and varying in length to form a central triangle flanked by triangles at the sides. There is a third separate rivet running through the centre of this design holding the front and back plates together.
The metal has a mid reddish-brown patina and is very worn. The book clasp is 43.2mm long, 31.9mm wide, 2.4mm thick and weighs 7.68 g.
The form and decoration are typical of book clasps of the early post-medieval period, as discussed by Margeson (1993: 74). Many similar example can be seen on the PAS database e.g. YORYM-9FEF34

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.2 mm
Width: 31.9 mm
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 7.68 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 3rd December 2010

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC020761

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Ilchester

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Disturbed

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: Wednesday 8th December 2010
Updated: Thursday 6th January 2011

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