HAMP-4EF407: Post-medieval clasp (probable book fitting)

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Unique ID: HAMP-4EF407

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete copper-alloy hook-piece from a post-medieval book-clasp of Howsam type A.5.1. The small artefact is sub-rectangular in shape, with expanded and cusped lateral terminals with narrowed protrusions for the hooks. The curled hook is 5.4mm wide. At the opposite end is cylindrical loop, 6.35mm wide; this retains the corroded remains of an iron axis bar. The artefact has been cut from a flat sheet. The upper surface is decorated within a linear border. Within this is a hexagonal field created by diagonal incisions towards the hooks. The zones outside this field are decorated with diagonal incisions. This field is quite pitted and deliberate detail difficult to pick out. The sides are slightly bevelled. This artefact has been cleaned such that it is a yellow-brown colour.

Length: 26.65 mm; Height: 3.55 mm; Width: 11.6 mm; Thickness: 0.85 mm; Weight: 1.64 g

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.5.1

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 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.65 mm
Height: 3.55 mm
Width: 11.6 mm
Thickness: 0.85 mm
Weight: 1.64 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2000 - Sunday 31st December 2000

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: E2900

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: Fareham (District)
To be known as: Fareham CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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: HAMP
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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