NMS-8CD492: Medieval Book Fitting

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Unique ID: NMS-8CD492

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Incomplete medieval copper alloy book clasp with an incomplete transverse hole at the end of an appoximately triangular animal-head terminal. This is long-snouted and has eyes formed from drilled holes that have penetrated to the flat rear. Between and immediately above the eyes a vertical hole, countersunk on the reverse, contains a rivet or rod whose ends now lie flush with both surfaces. Above this a curving rib decorated with transverse moulded grooves borders an aperture, the almost stright other side of which consists of the figure of a wyvern. The curving rib runs past both ends of the creature before arriving at ancient breaks. Beyond this there must have been a second aperture. The transverse and vertical holes indicate that this functioned in the same way as 14th- and 15th-century book clasp, but the style of the decoratio, in particular the wyvern, suggests a 12th-century date, cf. Geake 2005, 343, fig. 7 c and d. Length more than 34mm. Width 29.5mm. Thickness 2.5 - 4mm.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34 mm
Width: 29.5 mm
Thickness: 4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 8th October 2012 - Monday 8th October 2012

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 18871
Other reference: SB102012

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Barton Bendish (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF7105
Four figure Latitude: 52.615846
Four figure longitude: 0.524387
1:25K map: TF7105
1:10K map: TF70NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Geake, H. 2005 Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2004: Portable Antiquities Scheme report Leeds Maney 342 fig. 7 c and d

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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