WMID-285E70: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval: Complete probable strap clasp

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Unique ID: WMID-285E70

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

A complete copper alloy modified probable strap clasp, of Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1400 to AD 1500).

The probable strap clasp frame is sub rectangular in plan, with a recessed back, and thin side walls. The front of the clasp is triangular in shape (pointed), with incised decoration. The decoration consists of a thin groove around the edge of the clasp front, with a central line, dividing it into two triangular areas. Each area has several groups of four small V shaped stamps. A roller is present around the strap bar. A second strap bar, made from iron, has been inserted into the centre of the sides. The space behind the clasp frame has been infilled with iron corrosion products, possibly mineralising the original strap.

It measures 31.2 mm in length, 16.0 mm wide and 6.4 mm thick. It weighs 9.0 g.

The probable strap clasp frame is a dark green colour, with an even surface patina.

The probable strap clasp frame is similar to that of a two part folding strap clasp, with crowned head or mitred head decoration. However none of those strap clasps have additional strap bars like this example. This example has thinner walls than those of the two part folding strap clasps.

Class: strap clasp

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.2 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Sherburn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9476
Four figure Latitude: 54.171195
Four figure longitude: -0.56154785
1:25K map: SE9476
1:10K map: SE97NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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