HAMP-5C9ED4: Post-medieval book fitting

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Unique ID: HAMP-5C9ED4

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete early post-medieval (1500-1700) copper alloy book-clasp with a small area missing at one corner of the expanded end (old damage). It measures 41.05mm in length, 14.05mm in max.width, 5.87mm in depth (at the hook; the plate is 1.34mm thick) and weighs 2.98g.
The hook-end is 5.17mm in width where it extends from the plate, narrowing to 2.61mm at the end. Behind, the plate is parallel-sided and 10.49mm wide with moulded relief decoration of foliate form.
The opposite end of the plate widens to 14.05mm. At the centre is a rivet hole 1.06mm in diameter pierced from the front to the reverse. Iron staining surrounds the hole to the reverse.


Numerous similar clasps are recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. Illustrated examples of book clasps have been published in monographs and journals. For example, see: Crummy, N. 1988. 'The post-Roman small finds from excavations in Colchester 1971-85'. 68, fig. 67, refs. 2992-2995. Colchester Archaeological Report 5. Colchester Archaeological Trust. Margeson, S. 1993. 'Norwich Households. Medieval and Post-Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-78'. 74, fig. 40, refs. 452-456. East Anglian Archaeology 58. Ottaway, P and Rogers, N. 2002. 'Craft, Industry and Every Day Life: Finds From Medieval York'. 2936, fig. 1503, refs. 14489 and 15234. The Archaeology of York Vol. 17. An array of illustrated book clasps have been published in Treasure Hunting magazine. See: Bailey, D and Bailey, G. May 1991. 'Clasps and Fasteners'. Treasure Hunting. 36-42. Witham, Essex.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.05 mm
Width: 14.05 mm
Thickness: 5.87 mm
Weight: 2.98 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 23rd August 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form 3830

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
To be known as: Midhurst

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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