LVPL-859AC5: Post-Medieval dress hook

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Unique ID: LVPL-859AC5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver Read Class B, Type 2 dress hook dating to the early Post-Medieval period. The object is cast in two pieces with a silver circular sheet and a separate hooked-section. The circular sheet is surrounded by twisted wire filigree. The object is decorated with a central cross, in the centre of which is the base of a circular rivet which attaches the hook. Within each angle of the cross is an oval silver wire cell, each of which are in filled with a white enamel or stone. The cross, also of silver wire is also likely to have been infilled with enamel or stone which is now missing, as would the voids between the four ovals.

On the rear of the object a separate silver wire is bent in the centre to form a hook, each running0end is bent in the same plane as the shank and then into a close-butted attachment-spiral. Traces of gilding are visible on the outer face.

Similar to an example recorded as Portable Antiquities Scheme database number BH-0174E0. Read Class B, type 2 (Read, 2008, 159). c. 16th century.


Similar dress hooks, but with detail differences are frequently reported under the Treasure Act, such as NMS-D26CB2, (2009T703) and BH-0174E0, (2006 T584). This item is more than 300 years old and composed of more than 10% precious metal. It therefore should be considered Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Donated to Grosvenor Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T378


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 10 mm
Width: 8 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 0.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 13th April 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014T378

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Tiverton

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
Current location: Donated to Grosvenor Museum
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: 4 years ago

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