LIN-4A22AF: Post-medieval silver dress hook

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Unique ID: LIN-4A22AF

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Description: Treasure reference 2018 T740; a post-medieval silver-gilt dress hook of Reads' 'Early post-medieval Class D, Type 7' (Read 2008, p. 83, no. 280).

The dress hook is formed of four conjoined fleur-de-lis radiating from a central hole inlaid with a large bulbous-headed knop that imitates a cabochon gem. The knop passes through the central hole and splays onto the reverse to stop it from coming loose. The arms of the dress hook are in moulded-relief with openwork segments between. A separate, soldered, hook and rectangular loop are located on the reverse.

Dimensions: length 26mm, width 23mm, weight 4.94g.

Discussion: This object falls into Read's Early Post-Medieval Class D, Type 7 'quatrefoil' designation for single hooked clasps with a separate attachment bar, and is closest to number 280 illustrated in his book (2008: 83, no.280). Other finds belonging to this group have been reported as Treasure and recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, including 2010 T538 (SWYOR-1EE9A7) and 2018 T210 (PAS-EEFF9E). This dress hook, as with those listed by Read, above, is dated c.1500-1600.

Conclusion: this item is more than 300 years old and composed of more than 10% precious metal, and therefore should be considered Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996.

Class: Read 'Early post-medieval Class D, Type 7'

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2018T740


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26 mm
Width: 23 mm
Weight: 4.94 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 30th September 2018 - Sunday 30th September 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2018T740

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: Boston (District)
Parish or ward: Wigtoft (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF2537
Four figure Latitude: 52.91588707
Four figure longitude: -0.1424195
1:25K map: TF2537
1:10K map: TF23NE
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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: LIN
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Updated: 3 months ago

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