LON-EE0F14: An Early Medieval (mid - late Anglo Saxon) silver hooked tag 9th -10th century.

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Unique ID: LON-EE0F14

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A mid to late Anglo Saxon hooked tag made from silver, with a flat circular head and a projecting, tapering hook. Directly opposed to the hook there are two circular attachment holes punched into the circular head. The front is decorated with an engraved circle within which is an equal-armed cross made up of four U shapes; the tops of the Us are linked by the circle. Each of the arms is also connected via a double-strand ring that links them closer to the centre. There are some punched dots roughly arranged in lines in the centre of the cross, on the arms and within the ring; there are three dots in each arm, a possible diagonal cross in the centre, and two or three dots in each segment of the ring. Traces of niello remain within some of the incised decoration. The two attachment holes are above the side arms of the cross.

Hooked tags are probably all-purpose fastenings used to secure clothing and purses, and are known from the second half of the 7th to the 11th centuries. A silver and niello hooked tag of similar form and decoration, but more neatly made, has been recorded from Brabourne, Kent, and has been dated to the 9th or 10th century (TAR 2004, no. 95; ref. 2004T327).

Dimensions: length: 18.40mm; width: 13.52mm; thickness: 0.78mm; weight: 0.86g.


As the hooked tag is greater than 300 years old and is more than 10% silver it fulfils the requirements of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: British Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T36


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.4 mm
Width: 13.52 mm
Thickness: 0.78 mm
Weight: 0.86 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2011T36

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dartford (District)
Parish or ward: Longfield and New Barn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ6271
Four figure Latitude: 51.414876
Four figure longitude: 0.328213
1:25K map: TQ6271
1:10K map: TQ67SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: British Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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