WILT-81EAA8: Post medieval: Toggle Clasp

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Unique ID: WILT-81EAA8

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An incomplete copper alloy post medieval strap fitting dating to the period c. AD 1500 - 1700.

The object is composed of two shapes, a rectangle (with its top edge missing) and an open work circle (this would have been the suspension loop). The clasp is one piece and is cast made. The plate is missing. The base edge of the rectangular section has a intentional raised bent edge, decorated with three fine grooves.

The height of the clasp is 13.84mm, the width (including suspension loop) is 21.32mm, the thickness is 2mm and the weight is 1.68g.

A few examples of this clasp can be found in Read (2008) "Hooks Claps and Eyes" page 209. According to Read (2008, page 208) these types of toggle clasps were used as sword belt or hanger. A toggle wold have been pulled through and twisted in the eye, and this would have locked together (Read 2008 p208). This item and similar types cannot be classified due to insufficient information (Read 2008).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 13.84 mm
Width: 21.32 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 1.68 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5037

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Nettleton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST8077
Four figure Latitude: 51.49158768
Four figure longitude: -2.28946208
1:25K map: ST8077
1:10K map: ST87NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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

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