LVPL-ECAD33: Post-Medieval dress hook

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Unique ID: LVPL-ECAD33

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A lead-alloy and iron Tudor dress hook dating from the post-medieval period, which is c. AD1500-1700. The object is decorated with three domed bosses separated by bars radiating from a central smaller domed boss.

At the rear of the object is an oval sectioned bar beneath which is a casting seem. Projecting from the rear of the object is a length of iron covered in lead which would probably have extended to form the hook. The object has a light white patina.

An example of a similar lead alloy dress hook is (LANCUM-D917B9) and (SWYOR-3260C8) The dress hooks may have been designed to imitate filigree decorated silver gilt examples. Similar copper alloy examples can be found in Read, (2008), p75-76 which have been classified as early Post-Medieval, Class D, Type 6.

Dimensions: 25.23mm in length, 20.36mm in width, 8.15mm thick, 7.7g

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: 25.23 mm
Width: 20.36 mm
Thickness: 8.15 mm
Weight: 7.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st June 2015 - Friday 12th June 2015

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Great Boughton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2008 Hooked-Clasps and Eyes Langport Portcullis Publishing

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Audit data

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

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