LVPL-F49737: Early Medieval dress hook

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Unique ID: LVPL-F49737

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast complete cast copper alloy dress hook dating to the Early Medieval period. The decoration is in the Anglo-Scandinavian Ringerike style and dates from the late 10th or first half of the eleventh century.

The plate is sub-rectangular in plan with undulating sides and is flat. At the top of the plate is a projecting rounded lobe flanked on either side by two smaller lobes. Projecting from the base of the plate is a rectangular sectioned rearward facing hook. The hook tapers in width from 7.89mm at the base of the plate to 2.32mm where it terminates with a rounded point. At the top and bottom of the plate and at each corner of the base of the plate is a single circular rivet hole, measuring c.1.67mm in diameter.

The upper face is decorated with Ringerike and openwork decoration. In the centre of the plate is a sub-oval perforation measuring 8.90mm in length and 6.18mm in width. Either side of this are three irregular perforations ranging from sub-circular to rectangular.

On the right hand side of the plate (looking directly at it) is a snake or dog-like band shaped animal (beast) with the lower circular perforation between its open jaws. The animal has an incised pointed oval or pear shaped eye pointing towards the snout and a curved back which follows the contours of the plate. On the left hand side of the object (looking directly at it) this design is mirrored with the pointed oval eye. However there are slight differences and is more stylised. The rear of each animal merges into each other with tendril-like grooves. At the base of the object between each snout further tendril-like grooves decorate the plate.

The rear of the object is undecorated. The object has a smooth dark green patina and is in very good condition.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 950
Date to: Circa AD 1050

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 60.29 mm
Width: 39.3 mm
Thickness: 2.9 mm
Weight: 24.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Interlace
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Torksey

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
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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