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HAMP-64B9C2: Early post-medieval hooked tag

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Unique ID: HAMP-64B9C2

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An Early Post-Medieval (1500-1700) copper alloy single sharp-hooked tag of Read's Class E Type 3 (circular/sub-circular), rather worn and missing all of its original patina.
The circular plate has a central pellet surrounded by a circular recess, flanked all the way round (except for the edge where the loop projects) by a ring of moulded pellets. Four of these are larger, two beneath the arms of the projecting loop and at the widest point of the object.
The integral attachment loop is sub-rectangular in shape and measures 12.73mm wide (internal 7.41mm). It is very worn and thin. There is a two-dimensional (flat to the reverse) moulded boss at the juncture of plate and hook. The hook bends back on itself to the reverse of the object.
The metal is a purplish-brown in colour with patches of a brighter green corrosion product. The object measures 27.54mm in length, 14.26mm in max.width, 8.64mm in depth and weighs 1.95g.


There is no direct parallel in Read (2008), but a similar openwork tag can be seen (p.98 no. 368).

Class: Read Class E Type 3

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.54 mm
Width: 14.26 mm
Thickness: 8.64 mm
Weight: 1.95 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form 3871

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: Whitchurch

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 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: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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