SUSS-B55265: Late Medieval to early Post Medieval Hooked Tag

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Unique ID: SUSS-B55265

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A corroded cast copper-alloy and silvered three-piece heart-shaped hooked tag of late Medieval to Post Medieval date (1400-1600 AD). This artefact is formed from a triangular flat body with slight rounded edges that create the upper portions of the heart (20.5mm length), and an additional soldered sharp hook (7.8mm length) at the tapering point of the body; this now bends to the left. At the top of the heart are two visible rivet holes containing a single D-shaped in plan, circular section wire rivet. Around the single rivet on the reverse are moderate traces of silvering, whilst a small amount is also preserved on the front at the lower point of the heart. This artefact has a variable green colour from corrosion, with additional traces of red-brown. No precise parallels for this artefact have been found in Read 2008 Hooked-Clasps & Eyes, though the form of the plain heart-shape can be found as a strap slide in Read (2001: 17, ref. 132) which he dates to the early 15th-16th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.2 mm
Width: 18.8 mm
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Weight: 3.93 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 22nd March 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Lucy Ellis
Identified by: Miss Lucy Ellis
Secondary identifier: Miss Stephanie Smith

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)
To be known as: Near Buriton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Date shown when received from finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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