ESS-F25185: ESS-F25185 Early Medieval hooked tag (front)

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Unique ID: ESS-F25185

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published


Tiny silver hooked tag with a circular undecorated plate c. 10mm in diameter. There are two small circular attachment holes close to each other near the top; these have raised edges around them on the reverse, suggesting that they were bored or drilled through from the front. The hook at the bottom is thicker, with a distinct step on the front but a smooth junction on the reverse. It bends backwards but the tip is missing.

16.0mm long, 10.25mm wide, plate 0.5mm thick. Weight: 0.4g.

Early-medieval hooked tags range in date the 7th to the 11th centuries, but those with circular plates do not occur in the earliest contexts, 7th-century graves (Geake 1997, 66). An 8th- to 11th-century date is therefore likely.


As the object is made of more than 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old, it constitutes potential Treasure under the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T184


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16 mm
Width: 10.25 mm
Thickness: 0.5 mm
Weight: 0.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 9th March 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T184

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Colchester (District)
To be known as: Colchester District

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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

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

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