WMID-980A96: Post Medieval: Incomplete Read Class D type 6 dress hook

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Unique ID: WMID-980A96

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An incomplete composite copper alloy hooked tag (dress hook), of Early Post Medieval dating (16th Centuries AD).

Around 50% of the dress hook is present, consisting of the die-stamped front plate. The wire hook and loop are missing, presumed lost in antiquity.

The plate comprises a trefoil of hollow domed bosses. Each boss has six stamped pellets. At the centre of the bosses, is a circular sectioned copper alloy rivet, which would have secured a further sheet metal rove. The front plate has an engrailed edge to match the central rove. The reverse is concave and undecorated.

It measures 20.1 mm in length, 19.9 mm wide and 5.0 mm thick. It weighs 3.0 grams.

The hooked tag is a mid to dark green colour, with an even surface patina.

The hooked tag is of the type classified by Read (2008, 78) as an Early Post Medieval Class D, type 6, a single sharp-hooked clasp. These type are typically distinguished by a transverse laterally projecting attachment loop on the reverse. Class D come in a variety of different front shapes, with Type 6 being trefoil like this example. Read considers all of Class D hooked tags to be of 16th Century dating (2008, 59).

Read, B. 2008. Hooked-Clasps and Eyes. A Classification and Catalogue of Sharp- or Blunt-Hooked Clasps and Miscellaneous Hooks, Eyes, Loops, Rings or Toggles. Portcullis Publishing, Langport, Somerset.

Class: Read Early Post Medieval Class D, Type 6

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 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.1 mm
Width: 19.9 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 9th May 2015 - Saturday 9th May 2015

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Worfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7395
Four figure Latitude: 52.55216805
Four figure longitude: -2.39963477
1:25K map: SO7395
1:10K map: SO79NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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