SUR-6DA691: 03/598 Medieval book clasp

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Unique ID: SUR-6DA691

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A wide book clasp; the lower of the two original plates is missing. The clasp tapers inwards slightly, from 26-29mm, towards the hooked end. There are two rivets; that nearest the clasp is extended into a rectangular projection, 11mm high, which projects from the upper surface of the clasp and which is pierced with a circular aperture, probably to hold a closure tie.

The long sides of the upper surface of the clasp are each decorated with a pair of engraved parallel lines with seven punched dots between each pair. Along the edge of each long side are nine notches. The upper surface is further decorated with lines of punched paired and opposed triangles. In the central panel these lines form a herringbone pattern either side of a central spine. On either side of this the lines are arranged in zigzag form and extend over the paired lines as far as the notched edges. The edge adjacent to the missing leather strap is boldly scalloped on either side of a central aperture.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.4.2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1400
Date to: AD 1499

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43 mm
Width: 29 mm
Weight: 10.69 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 1997 - Thursday 1st January 2004

Personal details

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Identified by: Mr David W Williams

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration method: Multiple
Decoration style: Linear

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Surrey (County)
District: Woking (District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ0458
Four figure Latitude: 51.31162
Four figure longitude: -0.509252
1:25K map: TQ0458
1:10K map: TQ05NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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