NARC-B0FFCA: NARC-B0FFCA : Hooked Tag : Post-Medieval

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A complete copper alloy hooked tag or dress fastener of Post Medieval date (AD 1500-1600). The object consists of a flat piece of copper alloy with a back facing curved rectangular hook placed vertically at the lower edge. An inverted-trapezoidal lobe is placed at the upper edge of the dress fastener. Below this the body of the fastener is broadly circular in plan. The decoration consists of a central flur-de-lis inside a circle with ovate openwork within the outer boarder. The central motif is surrounded by six evenly spaced perforations forming an openwork pattern each of which is in turn bordered by a raised ovate boarder.

Read Class E Type 3

The metal is a dark brown in colour with areas of light green corrosion.

Bailey (2004) illustrates a dress hook with a similar fleur pattern on page 98, Nos 363-364, which are dated from the 16th century. Bailey also illustrates how the fastener would have been used as part of a hasp and clasp fastener, as illustrated in Fig 2.44. The pierced lobes from this example were used to sew the set to a garment, possibly a cloak. There are similar examples on the database (BH-59537A) discovered in Oxfordshire and (SWYOR-FEA025) discovered in Yorkshire.

Length: 29.02mm, Width: 19.44mm, Thickness: 1.81mm, Weight: 3.1g.

Bailey, G., (2004) Buttons and Fasteners 500BC - AD1840. Essex, Greenlight Publishing.

Read, B. Hooked-clasps & eyes, Portcullis Publishing (2008)

Class: Read Class E Type 3

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.02 mm
Width: 19.44 mm
Thickness: 1.81 mm
Weight: 3.1 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Ellie Cox
Identified by: Miss Ellie Cox

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Openwork
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP9483
Four figure Latitude: 52.43690027
Four figure longitude: -0.61867825
1:25K map: SP9483
1:10K map: SP98SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

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

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