WMID-954EC1: Post medieval: Incomplete Read Early Post Medieval Class A, Type 10 blunt hooked dress hook

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DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)

Unique ID: WMID-954EC1

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An incomplete copper alloy dress hook, of Early Post Medieval dating (AD 1600 to AD 1700).

This is the hook section of such fasteners, with its rectangular blunt hook truncated around halfway through the recurve. The central area of the plate has a raised foliate design with a central quartered berry and four leaves in cross formation with four small circular berries in the angles. This design is within a broadly lozengiform line border formed of four lines with scrolled ends; at the middle corners these form a pair of projecting rounded knops at either side. There are two pierced lobes flanking the start of the hook, one either side of a billeted transverse band. At the opposite end to the hook is a third pierced lobe with projecting scrolled terminals to either side, giving a fleur-de-lis terminal. This pierced lobe has an internal diameter of 3.3 mm. The reverse is flat and undecorated.

It measures 41.4 mm in length, 23.2 mm wide and 1.9 mm thick. It weighs 5.6 g.

The dress hook is a mid green to brown colour, with an uneven surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

A parallel can be found illustrated in Read (2008, 179; ref. 681), with other examples of eye- and hook-pieces shown on the same page, classified as his Early post-medieval Class A, Type 10. Several similar dress hooks have been recorded on the PAS database, including: BERK-5B342C; SOM-41EAF8; SOM-7BA565; KENT-816EE5 and SF-B80564.

Class: Read Early Post Medieval Class A, Type 10

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.4 mm
Width: 23.2 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 5.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st February 2012 - Wednesday 29th February 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Lapley, Stretton and Wheaton Aston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ8712
Four figure Latitude: 52.70550993
Four figure longitude: -2.19383592
1:25K map: SJ8712
1:10K map: SJ81SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: found whilst out metal detecting
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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