ESS-9C21F5: Post Medieval book fitting

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Unique ID: ESS-9C21F5

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An incomplete silver book fitting or clasp. The fitting is formed of a flat sheet of silver with a curved tab at one end, now broken. The fitting had a trilobed terminal with a central circular silver rivet in situ. The terminal narrows in width before expanding to a rectangular collar. The main body of the plate extends from the other side of the collar and expands centrally before narrowing to another rectangular collar. The tab, narrowed in width, extends from the collar and curves 180 degrees towards the back, terminating in an old break. The front of the fitting is decorated with punch decoration forming a double line mimicking the exterior shape across the main body, trefoil terminal and the rectangular collars. On the lower collar, before the curving tab, is a central heart flanked by a cross or quatrefoil with central pellet. The back in plain.

Dimensions: Length: 37.7mm, width: 9.1mm, thickness: 3.0mm, weight: 2.42g..

Discussion: An example with similar shape and punch decoration dated to the Post Medieval period was found in a neighbouring field and is recorded on the PAS database: BUC-507330 (2010 T733).


The object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Donated to museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T938


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 24th October 2013

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Katie Marsden
Identified by: Miss Katie Marsden

Other reference numbers

Other reference: CIMS OEF 7512
Treasure case number: 2013T938

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: Dunton Area

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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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