LVPL-4A0113: Post-Medieval dress hook

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Unique ID: LVPL-4A0113

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver-gilt dress-hook with a six-lobed pinked back plate. In each corner of the lobes is a knop. On top of the back plate is a sub hexagonal cushion and shaped with this are four domes, one positioned on each alternate lobe and one placed in the centre, two now damaged. Around the base of each dome is a filigree wire border. In each space left above the other alternate lobes are two knops radiating from the central dome. On the reverse is a transverse attachment bar, under which is a hole. This hole may have accommodated a pin that secured an additional decorative element to the front, now missing. There is also part of the recurving hook in place, the remainder now missing.


This dress shook has been identified as a Read class D, Type 10 (Read 2008, p84-85). Similar examples can be found on the PAS database (2013 T627, WAW-BBB610 // 2003 T23; 2003 TAR, p.120; PAS ID: NMS2204).

The object has been soaked in olive oil obscuring the detail. The hook broke away from the object after discovery and has since been lost.

Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Class: Class D, Type 10 Sexfoil

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T71


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8.46 mm
Weight: 5.3 g
Diameter: 21.96 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Secondary identifier: Miss Janina Parol

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014T71

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: St. Helens (Metropolitan District)
District: St. Helens (Metropolitan District)
To be known as: Rainford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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