IOW-5FAA24: Post-Medieval to Modern Strap-fitting (snake belt)

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STRAP FITTING

Unique ID: IOW-5FAA24

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete post-Medieval to Modern copper alloy 'S'-shaped zoomorphic 'snake belt' fastener or belt hook, possibly a sword-belt fitting (c. 1550 -c.1950).

The fastener has two snake or swan head terminals with necks that curve to form hooks. Each head has a finely moulded. The necks narrow below the heads before expanding again towards the centre of the body of the animal. At the centre is a raised band flanked by a ring of six leaves on each side. A freely moving copper-alloy annular ring has a diameter of 12.0mm and is circular in cross-section.

The object reddish brown.

S-shaped 'snake belt' fasteners were probably associated with sword belts in the 17th and 18th centuries and parallels can be seen in Read's (2008) Hooked-clasps & Eyes: p. 230. However, this example is similar to no. 822 which is dated, perhaps, to c. mid-16th-c. early 17th century. The examples with snake's heads are widely considered to be late 16th to 17th century (Geake 2001: 35). Fasteners with snake heads continue in use on military and coastguard belts well into the 19th century.

Length: 36.0mm; width: 14.9mm; thickness: 5.0mm. Weight: 9.58g.

Read, B. 2008. Hooked-Clasps & Eyes: A Classification and Catalogue of Sharp- or Blunt-hooked clasps and Miscellaneous Hooks, Eyes, Rings or Toggles. Portcullis Publishing: Langport, Somerset.

Geake, H. 2001. Finds Recording Guide. Unpublished.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1550
Date to: Circa AD 1950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36 mm
Width: 14.9 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 9.58 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 14th January 2018 - Sunday 14th January 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-8-7

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

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

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