WILT-E0AFBC: Medieval: Havett

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A complete, copper alloy one piece havett, dating to the late medieval to post medieval period 1500AD-1650AD.

This is an uncommon type of double-sharp hooked clasp. The bar of the object is bent and has two hooks, both of which bend inwards at 45 degrees. In the centre of the bar is a rectangular cross section grip, where all of the horizontal edges are dented, creating a recognizable zig zag pattern. It is thought that an iron wire wrapped around the rectangular cross section was the method used to create this patterned grip.

This find comes under other terms "havette", "habick" "harbick" or a "Shearmens hook" (Read 2008). This hooked clasp would have been utilised by fullers (shearmens) in the making and nap removal on newly woven clothes. One hook would have pierced the selvedge (newly woven edge of cloth). The cloth would have then been held taunt by the other hook into a padded cropping board (Read 2008). Overall, there are two classes and two types of this object. The physical finds falls under Class A, type 1 as the havette grip is rectangular in shape and is bar in shape, ratehr than a more elaborate design.

A good comparison of this object can be found in "Hooked-clasps and eyes. A classification and Catalouge of Sharp- or Blunt-Hooked Clasps and Miscellaneous Hooks, Eyes, Loops, Rings and Toggles", page 204, No. 739.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 69.08 mm
Width: 6.73 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Grace Clark
Identified by: Miss Grace Clark

Other reference numbers

Other reference: WHM 2016-82

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
District: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Shoscombe

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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