DEV-B02895: Post medieval book clasp

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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: DEV-B02895

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete post-medieval copper alloy book clasp, probably dating to c. 1500-1650.

The front plate of the clasp survives. It is rectangular in shape, narrowing to a slimmer rectangle, before flaring to an elaborate terminal which is triangular in shape, with four triangular notches placed in two pairs on the terminal end. At the opposite end is a flattened rectangular curved attachment hook, which curves over to the reverse. The reverse itself is marked by the degraded base of a further point of attachment, approximately 1/3 of the way along the length of the clasp.

The clasp is decorated on the exposed outer surface. A stamped decoration of a square labyrinth begins the series of motifs, followed by an annulet. This is followed by a series of concentric circles (possibly a circular labyrinth) and the series ends with a group of five circular punches, arranged as a trio, then a pair.

A number of similar examples have been recorded on the database, including SOM-5E669B (which shows similar use of a concentric circle design) and LANCUM-B63871 (which shows a similar pattern of five punches arranged in the same fashion). The latter record states that:

"The form and decoration are typical of book clasps of the early post-medieval period, as discussed by Margeson (1993, 74)."

It is 60.3 mm in length, 15.2 mm in width, 1.7 mm thick and weighs 10.86g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 60.3 mm
Width: 15.2 mm
Thickness: 1.7 mm
Weight: 10.86 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 18th October 2018 - Sunday 9th December 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Lucy Shipley
Identified by: Dr Lucy Shipley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 017896

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Okeford Fitzpaine (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST8010
Four figure Latitude: 50.88913515
Four figure longitude: -2.28570884
1:25K map: ST8010
1:10K map: ST81SW
Grid reference source: From finder
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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: About one month ago
Updated: About one month ago

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