SOM-0B27C7: Post-medieval book-clasp (book fitting)

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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: SOM-0B27C7

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

A damaged and incomplete hook-piece from a copper-alloy post-medieval book-clasp. It is sub-rectangular in shape, with a flared attachment end, now heavily abraded; the other end is squared off with a central rectangular curved hook. The main body of the clasp is 17.5mm in width, flaring to a maximum of 20.6mm at the attachment end.

At the flared end is a single central rivet hole; the remnants of an iron rivet is corroded in place. The object is decorated on its upper surface in four main transverse registers separated by transverse ridges moulded in low relief. The register closest to the hook end is decorated with a double row of pellets flanked by rosettes at the edges. The second register is wider and appears to have a central row of cinquefoils, with rows of pellets above and below. The third register is as the first in size and decoration. Below this are parts of three moulded V shapes, partial becuase they are off centre. The complete middle V encloses a fleur-de-lis, with pellets in the apexes as fillers. Another features a cross pommee with similar pellet fillers; the third is unclear. Indeed many individual elements of the decoration, which is moulded in low relief is worn and unclear.

The clasp has been bent upwards at the rivet end, which is now very ragged.following old damage. This artefact has corroded to a red-brown colour with some patches of green corrosion product. The size and decoration of this clasp suggests a date in the 16th or 17th 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 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.9 mm
Width: 20.5 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 3.08 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: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Taunton Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Orchard Portman (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST2621
Four figure Latitude: 50.98362972
Four figure longitude: -3.05557193
1:25K map: ST2621
1:10K map: ST22SE
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

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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