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Record ID: PUBLIC-566794
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete cast copper alloy single loop clasp, missing its strap bar and plate at one end, with a moulded zoomorphic decoration at the other end, the head of a mystical beast, possibly a griffin. The head is in high relief and has fine detailing, with pointed ears, holes for eyes which may once have had a decorative infill, a protruding snout, a band of diagonal grooves above the eyes and grooves radiating from either side of the snout, which probably represents the animal's pelt. In plan the clasp is rectangular, and in profile the animal's head is curved over as if to fit over anot…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 12th December 2017
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Record ID: DOR-930285
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy toggle clasp. It has a tapering form with a curvilinear outline. The wider end is straight and the tapered end is rounded into a raised, domed knop. The object is plano-convex in cross section. At the mid point there is openwork decoration in the form of a central circular aperture flanked by three small decorative 'wings' on each side. There is a a second smaller aperture, a rivet hole, at the wider end. Reference: Read 2008, no 757, p. 209. Date: Post-Medieval - 1500-1700 AD. Dimensions:27.89mm long x 12.06mm wide x 3.13mm thick Weight: 2.05 g. Si…
Created on: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: WILT-48F4D8
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Medieval folding strap clasp consisting of a frame or loop with a folding sheet metal closure wrapped around the outer edge of the frame. A bar mount is attached with a single rivet. It is a sub rectangular frame 13.73mm from the bar to which the plate is attached to the outer edge, 12.26mm in width. There is slight narrowing of the frame towards the plate and the outer and inner bars are thinner than the sides of the frame, but no rivets can be seen, it appears to have been cast as a whole. The buckle plate is also sub rectangular, a sheet of metal wrapped around the…
Created on: Tuesday 24th November 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 15th December 2015
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Record ID: PUBLIC-70380D
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy sheet metal hooked clog clasp of post-Medieval date. The piece consists of a rectangular plate with a central column of three rectangular apertures. The edges of the plate have been 'toothed' and there is a broad rearward hook at either end.
Created on: Saturday 26th September 2015
Last updated: Friday 22nd June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-2630A5
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A incomplete copper-alloy folding strap clasp from the Medieval period, dating to circa 1270-1400. The frame is sub-rectangular with slightly convex sides. Both bars are narrowed and inset. The short rotating plate usually seen on the outer bar is missing. Folded around the opposite bar is a separate, incomplete sheet metal plate which has lost most of one leaf; the other leaf has a single rivet hole and retains a fragment of the copper-alloy attachment rivet. The clasp has a dark green patina with some soil adhering. Length of frame:13.71 mm. Width:11.63 mm. Thickness: 2.27 mm. Plat…
Created on: Wednesday 25th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 14th October 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-543204
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A incomplete cast and sheet metal copper-alloy strap clasp from the medieval period, circa AD 1300-1400. The clasp is rectangular, with a projecting front and a incomplete folded copper-alloy attachment plate. The plate has two crudely engraved transverse grooves on a slight slant, possibly decorative, and the remains of a single central rivet hole at the far end. The front of the frame is animal-like, or possibly anthropomorphic, represented by angled linear grooves for the flatter muzzle and horizontal lines for the eyes on a thicker brow area. The rectangular sides of the frame app…
Created on: Sunday 25th January 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-631738
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A copper-alloy strap clasp dating to the medieval period, circa 1270-1450 AD. The cast frame is rectangular, with top and bottom edges slightly outcurved and each decorated with a transverse ridge near either end. It has a narrowed and offset bar to either end. One has a rotating closure consisting of a T-shaped plate with a D-section rectangular bar mount attached with a single copper-alloy rivet. The copper-alloy attachment plate is folded around the other bar, and is secured by a single copper-alloy rivet. There is no evidence of decoration or tinning. Length: 38.85 mm. Width: 13.3…
Created on: Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 26th April 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-963AF2
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper alloy clasp dating from the late 14th century. The object comprises a broken circular loop attached to a rectangular strap end with a slight constriction between the two elements. The strap end is ornamented with a cord decoration comprising three parallel cords running along the length of the strap end. The whole object has a tin coating. It is similar to a clasp recovered from the Baynard Castle Dock site, London in 1972 (Egan and Pritchard, 1991, 120-1, no.572). Although that example was made of iron, it was dated to 1350-1400 AD.
Created on: Thursday 15th March 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Toller Down', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-C0F735
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy strap clasp of probable 14th century date. The clasp measures 27.5mm by 14.2mm by 4.2mm and weighs 3.27g. It is similar to folding examples but has no rotating end. The clasp consists of a rectangular loop, the outside edge of which is moulded to resemble a crown with a central trefoil, a knop on each side and a small round hole between the central and side knops. The back of the outside edge is hollow. At the other end the frame appears to be recessed for a (missing) plate. The clasp is of similar form to no. 568 in Egan and Pritchard's 'Dress Accessories' (1990, …
Created on: Tuesday 28th November 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Compton Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-D17DC7
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy medieval frame, from a folding strap clasp. It consists of the outside edge with integrally cast ?mitred head, and incomplete and fragmentary arms of the frame. The axis bar does not survive. In profile, the basic frame is [-shaped, with file marks on the reverse. The moulded head adds a triangular dimension to the long side of the [. The face is oval and cut off just over half way by the slanting lines of the mitre, both rising from the outside edge to the middle where they meet. Above this is a 1mm wide rim before a 7mm long rib runs perpendicular to it,…
Created on: Monday 26th April 2004
Last updated: Tuesday 19th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wimbourne Minster', grid reference and parish protected.


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