NMS-48B706: Medieval book fitting

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Unique ID: NMS-48B706

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Terminal from an incomplete medieval silver book clasp of Howsam type A.9.2. Box-like lozenge-shaped composite element formed from an front-plate, back-plate and separate sides, with four radiating engraved notches on the upper face, one in the centre of each edge, and four concave grooves, one across each corner. At one corner is a break and solder where the terminal would have been attached to the (missing) plates or socket for the strap, at the other there is a stylised animal-head terminal with pointed ears emphasised by notches on the sides and engraved dashes on the upper face (perhaps indicating fur), brows and a snout formed from a cusped moulding on either side, with notches suggesting an open mouth before a transversely pierced lug. The back-plate is perforated on the reverse of the lozenge-shaped box.

Surviving length 21mm. Width 9mm. Thickness 4.5mm. Weight 2.5g.

Many larger copper alloy book clasps in this form have been recorded, including similar example from Witton, Norfolk (NMS-A63866), Morley, Norfolk (NMS-FD27A2, HER51845) and Sandringham, Norfolk (NMS-8EC891,HER39892). See also Fingerlin (1971,111, nos.174-8), who dates this type of strap end to the late 14th century.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.9.2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T800


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21 mm
Width: 9 mm
Thickness: 4.5 mm
Weight: 2.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st October 2013 - Thursday 31st October 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IND11112013ED
Treasure case number: 2013T800

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Babergh (District)
Parish or ward: Glemsford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL8248
Four figure Latitude: 52.1003938
Four figure longitude: 0.65579594
1:25K map: TL8248
1:10K map: TL84NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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