HAMP-C73CF4: Late medieval/ early post-medieval dress hook

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Unique ID: HAMP-C73CF4

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An incomplete late medieval/early post-medieval (1400-1600) copper alloy harbick (or havette, or shear-board hook) of Read Class A, Type 1, a double-ended hook, missing part of one end.
The harbick is rectangular in cross-section, being widest and thickest at the centre (max.5.8x4.1mm) and narrowing to either end (min.1.9x2.2mm). The inside edge is straight while the outside edge curves convexly. The surviving (sharp) hook turns inwards to the inside edge at a 45 degree angle.

At the centre, the 'grip' is a rectangular expansion c.17mm in length with four transverse notches along the outside edge and sides. Between the centre two is a grooved X on each face and on the outside edge.

The harbick measures 45.0mm in incomplete length, 5.8mm in max.width, 4.1mm in max.thickness and weighs 4.05g.

Cf. Read (2008), Class A, Type 1, nos.738-43. Harbicks were used 'for securing cloth to the cropping board or horse during the process of shearing the nap' (Goodall, I. and Keene, K. in Biddle 1990, 239).

Class: Read Class A, Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45 mm
Width: 5.8 mm
Thickness: 4.1 mm
Weight: 4.05 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 31st August 2014 - Thursday 19th March 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Museums Entry Form 4261

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Test Valley (District)
To be known as: Broughton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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