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Unique ID: SF-54271E

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy gilt book fitting of Howsam type A.9.2 dating to the late Medieval period, dating c. 1350-1400. The fitting consists a box-chape (the upper section of which is missing in an old break) below which is a lozengiform boss and triangular projection demonstrating moulded transverse grooves and a small circular aperture (now clogged with corrosion). On the upper surface of the box chape is moulded decoration which appears to take the form of the letter 'N', while on its reverse face there are two small circular apertures for rivets (now missing)-one coincident with the central lozengiform boss and the other at the top of the box chape, presumably intended to secure both sides of it together. Traces of gilding remain on both faces, suggesting that the entire object was originally decorated in this fashion. Preserved in rather poor condition with corrosion obscuring most surfaces, it measures 27.72mm in length, 9.25mm wide at the upper edge of the box chape, 6.62mm thick at the lozengiform boss and weighs 4.75g.

A number of similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database, including SF-E16443, NMS-A63866; NMS-8EC891 (HER39892) and NMS-FD27A2 (HER51845), all from Norfolk. They are typically thought to have been used as book clasps but were previously mis-identified as generic strap-ends. A similar, but smaller example from Norfolk has also been declared treasure (NMS-48B706). Fingerlin (1971,111, nos.174-8) dates this type to the late 14th century.

Inscription: N

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.72 mm
Width: 9.25 mm
Thickness: 6.62 mm
Weight: 4.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 14th January 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Worlingworth

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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