IOW-2BF565: Medieval: Book Fitting (probably)

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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: IOW-2BF565

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A medieval copper-alloy folded sheet book clasp of Howsam type A.8.1 (c. 1350-c. 1450). The plate, made from a long strip of metal, is folded widthways and each part is of equal length. It is sub-rectangular with broadly parallel sides and a concave attachment end. Near the terminal end, the sides taper inwards, also with concave curves, to form a projecting terminal at the fold. The fold has a wide gap to accommodate a possible ring (now missing) or cord.

At the centre of the attachment end there is a flat-headed copper-alloy rivet. A hole on the same alignment and close to the terminal end has a diameter of 2.2mm; this would have fitted over a peg on the opposite cover of the book.

The object has a patchy green patina with striations or scratches on the front and rear. Length: 35.9mm; width: 12.7mm; thickness: overall thickness: 5.6mm. Weight: 5.12g.

This plate is very similar to hinged book clasps discovered in London and dated to the late 14th/early 15th centuries (Egan and Pritchard 1991, 154-155, fig. 101; refs: 720, 723, 726).

Class: clasp
Sub class: Howsam type A.8.1

Subsequent actions

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

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.9 mm
Width: 12.7 mm
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Weight: 5.12 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 16th September 2018 - Sunday 16th September 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: IOW2018-7-257

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

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: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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