LVPL-B16A24: Post-Medieval dress hook

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Unique ID: LVPL-B16A24

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete silver-gilt dress-hook . The object is lozenge shaped in plan. It consists of a cast back-plate with a large trefoil knop on each apex and a smaller version in the centre of each side. The trefoil knop from the centre of one side is missing due to a recent break. Either side of each central trefoil knop is a single rounded knop; some of these have a faceted outer face while some have been worn down. In the centre of the plate is a circular perforation with an internal diameter of 3.03mm. Surrounding the perforation the outer face of the back plate is uneven with shallow grooves forming small squares.

The rearward facing hook is incomplete due to a recent break. It is circular in cross-section at the break but expands and flattens behind the plate where it is soldered on. The separate soldiered loop is missing and two rectangular scars remain on the rear of the object where the loop would have attached.

The hollow domed sheeting obverse plate is missing. The object shows signs of recent damage and file marks are visible on the rear of the back plate where the gilding has worn off.

Length: 33.33mm
Width: 28.5mm
Thickness: 4.08 mm
Weight: 5.0g

Discussion: The object can be classified as Read's early Post-Medieval Class D, Type 3, Read, (Read 2008). An example from Cheshire, 2002 T303, can be found in the Treasure Annual Report 2002 (p.104, ref. 132). Similar examples can be found on the PAS database: CPAT-922557 and LVPL-16EEF8 (2012 T655).


Read, B (2008) 'Hooked-clasps & eyes', Somerset: Portcullis Publishing
Treasure Annual Report 2002

The object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Grosvenor Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T842


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.33 mm
Width: 28.5 mm
Thickness: 4.08 mm
Weight: 5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 9th November 2014

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014T842

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

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: Bostock

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
Current location: Grosvenor Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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