LVPL-BDC21A: Early medieval hooked tag

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Unique ID: LVPL-BDC21A

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy object of uncertain function, probably dating from the medieval to the post-medieval period.

The object is sub-circular in plan with a wide rearward projecting hook at one end. At the opposite straight edged end of the object are two rounded projections which curve inwards and may have joined. The majority of the surface decoration has been obscured with corrosion however where the corrosion hasn't taken hold gilding is visible on each face.

At the junction between the hooked tab and the body of the object is a double moulded inverted V-shaped ridge. Above this two curvilinear mouldings curve round from each edge of the outer face and terminate in abutting swirls.

The rear of the object is undecorated and corroded however gilding is visible along the upper edge. In the centre of the reverse is a circular pit, infilled with corrosion which may once have been a perforation.

Dimensions: 30mm in length, 27mm in width, 2mm thick, 7.90g

The exact function of this object is unceratian however possiblilties include a book clasp or mount.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30 mm
Width: 27 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 7.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st September 2017 - Friday 13th October 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Curvilinear
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Clotton Hoofield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ5364
Four figure Latitude: 53.17102507
Four figure longitude: -2.70456027
1:25K map: SJ5364
1:10K map: SJ56SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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

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