WAW-0592C0: Medieval book fitting (plan, profile and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-0592C0

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Medieval (14th century) book fitting (strap end/chape): The copper alloy fitting is complete and the body of it is a rectangular, hollow box which is decorated on the outer surface with a 4-petalled pointed leaf flower which has smaller tips of leaves protruding between each. At the centre there is cross-hatching. On each leaf, there are fine lines radiating from the centre. The field around the flower, and within a lower relief border there is fine cross hatching. At the opening of the box, the upper edge, is scalloped and has two rivet holes filled with copper alloy domed-headed rivets. Within the box leather is possibly visible.

The opposite terminal the strap end extends with an integral smaller lozenge platform that is thicker than the body and on the outer surface is decorated with the same flower motif. On the reverse, which is flush with the box, the lozenge has a deep circular cell.

Protruding from the lozenge corner, opposite the body, there is a moulded stem which has a spur either side above the lozenge and then extends with two transverse collars. The terminal has a circular perforation on the side faces of the terminal. The underside of this section is also flush with the box and lozenge.

The surface of the book fitting has a mottled green patina with traces of a white metal alloy on the outer face.

The fitting measures 55.44mm long, 17.63mm wide, 6.87mm and weighs 16.02g.

The object is strictly speaking a strap end, but the hole of the terminal and cell on the underside suggest it is likely to be a book fitting which always the book to be closed with a strap. Similar book fitting are recorded on the PAS database, including SF-1A7DC9, NMS-AF7512, NMS-8EC891, and IOW-7D75B7 dating to the 14th century.

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.9.2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.44 mm
Width: 17.63 mm
Thickness: 6.87 mm
Weight: 16.02 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st October 2016 - Thursday 12th January 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Daventry (District)
Parish or ward: Dodford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP6060
Four figure Latitude: 52.23493333
Four figure longitude: -1.12283827
1:25K map: SP6060
1:10K map: SP66SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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