WMID-F7A09E: A Post Medieval dress hook (front and reverse)

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DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)

Unique ID: WMID-F7A09E

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A Post Medieval copper alloy hooked tag or dress fastener dating to the 16th century.

The object consists of one piece of copper alloy with a rectangular in section hook placed vertically at the lower edge. There is a rectangular lobe placed at the upper edge of the dress fastener which has a large rectangular perforation. The body of the fastener is broadly circular in plan. The integral hook is now straightened and would have once curved to allow it to attach to another fastener on a garment. The end of the hook is rounded, possibly once pointed which has been damaged in antiquity.

The decoration consists of an equal armed cross with a central pellet within a linear circle. The edge of the dress hook is beaded and engrailed. The body has a series of pinched circles within the quarters of the cross. Some of the circles have not been punched all the way through the body of the dress hook. The reverse of the object is flat and undecorated. The object has a mid-green coloured patina across all surfaces.

Read (2008) illustrates a dress hook on page 99, No.370, which is dated to the 16th century. There are similar examples recorded on the database (WMID-38FE5C) discovered in Worcestershire and (KENT-F7E482) discovered in Kent.

The fastener measures 34.65 mm in length, 16.21 mm in width, and 1.55 mm in thickness. Weight: 1.9 grams.

Read, B., (2008) Hooked-Clasps and Eyes. Langport, Portcullis Publishing.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.65 mm
Width: 16.21 mm
Thickness: 1.55 mm
Weight: 1.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Miss Victoria Allnatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Rugby (District)
Parish or ward: King's Newnham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP4477
Four figure Latitude: 52.38926516
Four figure longitude: -1.35489056
1:25K map: SP4477
1:10K map: SP47NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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