NMGW-C595D8: Post Medieval silver dress hook

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Unique ID: NMGW-C595D8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver gilt dress-hook with a thin back-plate cut from a sheet, cusped around the edge. The back-plate supports a hollow, cast heart-shaped boss. On the reverse of the back plate can be seen the scar for the silver hook which was originally soldered to the plate. The bar loop is complete. The hollow heart supports filigree ornament of circlets within larger circles, and raised silver pellets. Larger pellets occur in the spaces between the filigree circlets. Gilding is partial on the back.

Overall dimensions 15.8 x 19mm; height including loop 16.5mm; internal width of loop 10mm; weight 6.65g.

The dress hook has not undergone any conservation.


This is the first example of this particular form of dress hook to be recorded from Wales, but a close parallel dated to the sixteenth century is known from New Romney, Kent (Gaimster et al 2002, no. 3). Other dress hooks are known from Wales, including Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan (TAR 2004, no. 502), Llanhennock, Monmouthshire (11.02), and sixteenth-century parallels have been found further afield at Beccles in Suffolk and Bempton in East Yorkshire (PA&TAR 2008, nos 375, 376) and Botley in Hampshire (TAR 2005/6, no. 653), illustrating the widespread popularity of these accessories. Other forms of dress hook are now known from Wales. There is a box form dress-hook from Carew, Pembrokeshire (08.10) paralleled by an example from Chelsham Court Farm, Chelsham, Surrey (Gaimster et al 2002, 166 no. 8), and one from Arreton, Isle of Wight (TAR 2005-6, no. 656). Documentary evidence indicates that these items were popular in the sixteenth century (the latest reference in an inventory being dated 1598; Gaimster et al 2002, 184).

Class: Silver gilt

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Abergavenny Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015TRW19


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15.8 mm
Width: 19 mm
Weight: 6.65 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 30th November 2013

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: STTS 2017.23
Treasure case number: 2015TRW19

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Monmouthshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Monmouthshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Grosmont (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO3615
Four figure Latitude: 51.82993188
Four figure longitude: -2.93012883
1:25K map: SO3615
1:10K map: SO31NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Abergavenny Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
DCMS 2007 Treasure Annual Report 2004 London Department for Culture, Medial and Sport
Gaimster, D., Hayward, M., Mitchell, D. and Parker, K. 2002 Tudor silver-gilt dress-hooks: A new class of treasure find in England London The Society of Antiquaries
Portable Antiquities Scheme 2006 Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report 2005/6 London DCMS
Portable Antiquities Scheme 2010 Portable Antiquities and Treasure Annual Report 2008 London British Museum

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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