SOM-0ADED8: Post-medieval book-clasp (book fitting)

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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: SOM-0ADED8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A bent hook-piece from a copper-alloy post-medieval book-clasp. It is sub-rectangular in shape, with a flared attachment end; the other end is squared off with a central rectangular curved hook. The main body of the clasp is 14.2mm in width, flaring to a maximum of 16.3mm at the attachment end.

At the flared end is a single central rivet hole; the iron rivet is corroded in place. On the upper surface there is a zone of decoration below the hook, covering around a third of the clasp. A stamped sunburst or flower sits within an elaborate quatrefoil border in this zone. The whole is bordered above and below by two slightly engrailed lines internally with a row of pellets beyond these.

The clasp has been bent in profile, through almost ninety degrees, and also twisted following old damage. Longitudinal file marks on the lower surface in the half towards the hook end were probably made during production. This artefact has corroded to a red-brown colour. The size and decoration of this clasp suggests a date in the 17th or 18th century.

Class: clasp
Sub class: hook-piece

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45.7 mm
Width: 16.3 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 4.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st August 2013 - Monday 13th January 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 22424

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Kingston St. Mary (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2028
Four figure Latitude: 51.04575901
Four figure longitude: -3.14257596
1:25K map: ST2028
1:10K map: ST22NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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Audit data

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

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