LON-1EFE7D: A Medieval copper alloy pierced book clasp dating to the 14th and early 15th century.

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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: LON-1EFE7D

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Medieval copper alloy pierced book clasp of Howsam type A.2, dating to the 14th and early 15th century. The clasp consists of a pierced rounded centre with a pierced terminal in the form of a stylised animal head. The clasp has an integral forked spacer with soldered-on top and bottom plates. The pierced rounded centre is called a 'loop' by Egan.

The clasp would have been attached to a strap fixed to one cover of the book, and fitted over a peg mounted on the opposite cover (Egan 1998, fig. 214). It is thought that the pierced terminal may have held a cord to help in removing the clasp from the peg (Egan 1998, 278).

Dimensions: length: 47.39mm; width: 11.06mm; thickness: 5.34mm; weight: 8.20g.

Similar clasps on the database are BH-379BB7 and LON-50D022.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.29 mm
Width: 9.81 mm
Thickness: 2.93 mm
Weight: 4.01 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Richmond upon Thames (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Mortlake and Barnes Common (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2076
Four figure Latitude: 51.47025095
Four figure longitude: -0.27371877
1:25K map: TQ2076
1:10K map: TQ27NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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