SF-A9E705: 17th century silver dress fastener

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Unique ID: SF-A9E705

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Description: An incomplete cast silver clothes fastener broadly corresponding to Read's Class A, type 12. The fastener is preserved intact, though the hook on the rear face of the object is partially broken and distorted in old damage. In plan it takes the form of a fleur de lis, with a rectangular aperture in its projecting front edge, behind which are two circular attachment holes.

Date: c. 1600-1700 AD.

Dimensions: the fastener measures 26.24mm long, 21.60mm wide at its widest point, and 1.32mm thick at its midpoint. It weighs 3.94g.

Discussion: For a parallel fastener dated to the 17th century, see Read (2008) p. 181, no. 693.

The object contains more than 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently, it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

By Alex Bliss SCCAS September 2017

Class: Read class A, type 12

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T206


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.24 mm
Width: 21.6 mm
Thickness: 1.32 mm
Weight: 3.94 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 21st December 2016

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T206

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Risby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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