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    • Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
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Record ID: LEIC-D5554A
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
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Early Medieval ? copper alloy dress fastener, 15mm in length, 14mm wide and 0mm thick with a weight of 1.96grams. The object is circular in form and rectangular in cross section, with two rounded 'ear' like projections with circular fastening holes close to each other on its outer edge. Opposite these are the remains of a rectangular projection which would have been hooked. The object is decorated with a raised pattern of grey/blackmaterial, probably niello? It has a circular border with the lower half filled with a series of short straight lines. These point inwards and some form che…
Created on: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Huntingdonshire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-C3029D
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete copper alloy double-hooked dress fastener. The fastener comprises a central, solid, cylindrical body with a large circular hole through the transverse axis. The cylinder tapers slightly towards the flat ends.The surface is decorated with slightly irregular incised rectangular cross hatching. At each of the flat ends of the cylinder projects an incomplete integral drawn wire hook. The hooks are sub-circular in cross section and curved both taper slightly to the breaks. Reference: Read 2008 early medieval Class M Date: Early Medieval - c. 700 - 900 Dimensions: 50.72 mm x 8.…
Created on: Wednesday 14th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 26th November 2018
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Record ID: OXON-B221D6
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete copper alloy dress fastener (dress hook) dating to the early medieval (Anglo-Saxon) period. The fastener has a shield-shaped plate with trilobed upper terminal each with a perforation, to secure to fastener to an item of dress. At the narrow end of the plate a short, tightly curved hook extends towards the rear of the plate. There is no decoration on either side of the plate. Read's Class D, dating from c. 700 - 1100 AD.
Created on: Friday 27th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: OXON-39A974
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete and damaged cast copper alloy dress fastener (dress hook / hooked tag) dating to the early-medieval period. The fastener is broadly ovoid in plan with the remaining short stem of the projecting hook located at the narrow base of the main body. The upper, rounder end of the fastener is broken but may have been heart-shaped, or could have had projecting knops. The entire surface of the fastener is decorated with punched ring-and-dot motifs, all of which are slightly uneven and out of alignment with one another. There is the remains of a white metal coating evident. The reve…
Created on: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 27th June 2018
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Record ID: LEIC-5DD45B
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Rutland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval copper alloy dress fastener or possible pin head?, Length: 27 mm, width: 17 mm, thickness: 1 mm, weight: 0.80 g. The object is incomplete and fragile. It consists of the lower part of a probable triangular or oval flat plate whose lower, pointed edge houses a sub circular tapering shaft, missing its end. The left (as shown) surface of the plate shows part of a raised concentric ring pattern with a line running across it towards the base and to its lower right is a raised circle with cross and a possible further one above and right of this. There are traces of gilding in …
Created on: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 19th April 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-2A6049
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early-Medieval, copper-alloy double-hooked dress-fastener. The hooks are conjoined by an integral sub-rectangular sectioned bar that is pierced by a neat, probably drilled, transverse hole. On the central bar decoration is clearly visible on the side facing towards the inwards-curving hooks. It is decorated with five pairs of incised lines running across its width. These are seperated by four or five incised lines running lengthways along the bar. Very faint traces of the decoration can be seen on other sides also. Sometimes identified as shroud hooks, such objects might also have …
Created on: Friday 9th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-F6FBD3
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy Early Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) gusset plate. It is sub-triangular with a slightly convex decorated chip carved front face. The decoration has a central broad edged triangle with incurving sides that then extend up to form a central ridge. Either side there is an outward facing bird; their heads in the top corners curving beaks, pellet eyes and with curving clawed feet along the sides. There are two circular fixing holes below the birds. Gilding still remains in the ingravings of the front face. The upper part and apex of the gusset are missing. Gusset plates a…
Created on: Wednesday 17th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Eyke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-A79DB1
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Very possibly a middle Saxon or Carolingian copper alloy double-hooked dress fastener dateing from the 8th-early 9th century.. The hooks are conjoined by an integral sub-rectangular sectioned bar that is pierced by a neat, probably drilled, transverse hole, and is decorated with multiple transverse grooves, now rather faint through abrasion. Sometimes identified as shroud hooks, such objects might also have been used as harbicks (havettes or shear-board hooks, implements to fix cloth during the sharing of the nap). See discussion in Hinton Hamwic 1996, 47-8. Examples from Norfolk i…
Created on: Wednesday 21st June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 18th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockermouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-CCF8E4
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy dress fastener or hooked tag dating to the Early-Medieval period, c. 750-900 AD. Corresponding to Read's class D/1, it is of sheet metal manufacture, with a round main body from the upper edge of which two small rounded and perforated attachment knops project. From the base of the body, a tapering curving hooked element is visible, though this truncates abruptly c. two thirds of the way down its original length. The main body of the object is decorated with two engraved concentric circular motifs, the inner of which has a series of radiating lines (perh…
Created on: Monday 16th January 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brandon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-B39CDE
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy Early-Medieval hooked tag of Read's (2008: pp. 32-33, nos. 136-138) Class E Type 1 hooked tags. It has an oval plate with integrally cast hook, missing a possible central setting due too old breaks. The central setting is sub-oval in form and irregularly finished, perhaps indicative of keying for niello or similar decorative elements that are now missing due to old breaks. This is surrounded by a raised oval border. At the top of the plate each corner has large oval projections with central circular apertures forming sewing lugs or loops. The upper edge of the plate bet…
Created on: Wednesday 10th August 2016
Last updated: Friday 26th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fressingfield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-8BEB2B
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy hooked tag of Early-Medieval date. It is missing the integral hook due to old breaks, as well as the central decorative element on the front face, but is otherwise complete. The object is flat, oval shaped in form with two semi-circular sewing lugs each with central circular apertures extending from the top of the plate. At the base the plate narrowsto a transverse collar from whcih originaly extended the now missing hook. The front face of the plate has decoration comprising a border of punched dots that outline the plate and each of the sewing holes. At th…
Created on: Friday 15th July 2016
Last updated: Friday 26th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wetheringsett', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-EE0292
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy hooked tag of Early-Medieval date. It has a flat sub-circular plate with decoration on the front face. This comprises five compass drawn circular with a central circular perforation around a central circle of similar form. Compass drawn circles are visible around two of the perforations on the back face of the plate as well as the front face. From the base of the plate extends an integrally cast hook. This is rectangular in form, D-shaped in section with flat back and rounded front face, and curves backwards to a pointed tip. The entire object measures 19.88mm in length…
Created on: Wednesday 1st June 2016
Last updated: Thursday 25th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Bury St Edmunds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-733DB7
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete early-medieval (Anglo-Saxon) cast copper alloy dress fastener (hooked tag), dating to circa 8th-11th century AD. The hooked tag has a broadly circular body with two holes for attachment to a garment. There is a concentric ring design to the face consisting of a central dot with five circles. The lower edge of the tag has a rear turned hook. The item has a dappled green patina with ferrous staining.
Created on: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Last updated: Thursday 5th May 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-63D2D7
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy hooked tag of Early-Medieval date belonging in Read's (2008: 14-19) Class A Type 2 hooked tags. It has a flat, sub-oval shaped plate, from the base of which extends an integrally cast triangular hook that is D-shaped in section and tapers to a rear facing sharp point. At the top of the plate are two circular sewing holes. The front face has decoration comprising a grooved border surrounding a central spiral shaped motif that has single lines running from the spiral to each side of the plate. It measures 20.36mm in length, 13.99mm in width at plate, 0.64mm in thickness, …
Created on: Monday 25th January 2016
Last updated: Thursday 25th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Monk Soham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-A7ED51
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Rutland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval copper alloy dress hook, 20mm long 13mm wide and 1mm thick with a weight of 0.53grams. The object consists of a sub- circular plate with three circular fixing holes arranged in a triangle near the upper part of the object. It has a small circular sectioned shaft with a hooked end, emerging from its lower edge. The surface of the object is decorated with a series of incised concentric circles, which centre on the lower of the three holes. The object is very similar to SF-A986B0 which is dated 800-1100.
Created on: Wednesday 24th June 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 24th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Rutland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-729368
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy hooked tag of Early-Medieval date, belonging in Read's (2008:p. 22) Class B Type 2 hooked tag group. It has a flat circular plate with two circular sewing holes at the top and a small central circular hole. Surrounding the central hole on the front face of the plate are a series of four concentric circular grooves. At its base the plate has a flaring rectangular collar, from whcih extends the integral hook. This is D-shaped in section with flat back and rounded front face, and tapers before curving backwardsa to a sharp point. The entire object measures 20.59mm in lengt…
Created on: Thursday 28th May 2015
Last updated: Friday 10th July 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Snetterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-A9F77D
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete silver dress fastener or 'hooked tag', dating to the Early medieval (Anglo-Saxon) period. The fastener has a tear shaped plate and projecting hook from the point of the tear. There are two unevenly aligned punched holes for attachment near the top of the plate. There is no decoration on either side of the plate although there are several scratches, probably caused both pre-and-post deposition. This style of dress fastener can be categorised as Read's (2008) early medieval Class E Type 1, dating from c. 750-1000 AD. Similar objects recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme…
Created on: Thursday 19th March 2015
Last updated: Thursday 9th April 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-06F4D6
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy hooked tag of Early-Medieval/Anglo-Saxon date. It is missing the tip od the hook due to old breaks but is otherwise complete. The plate is flat, disc shaped in form and with moulded decoration on the front face. This comprises a series of five concentric circles surrounding a central circular aperture, with two circular sewing holes piercing the top of the plate. At the base of the plate extends the integral hook. This is D-shaped in section and tapers towards the now missing tip. The entire object measures 20.91mm in length, 13.40mm in width, 0.64mm in thickness, and 0…
Created on: Wednesday 11th March 2015
Last updated: Friday 8th May 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dalham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-CCF795
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy Early-Medieval hooked tag of Read's Early Medieval Class D Type 3 (Read, 2008: p. 29). It is missing one sewing lug and the hook is bent forwards due to post-depositional damage. The object has a flat, lozenge shaped plate, at the top of which are two projecting oval sewing lugs with central circular apertures, one of which is now incomplete. The front face has decoration comprising a single central vertical zig-zagline, with additional single vertical zig-zag running down each side of the plate. At the base of the plate is the integrally cast hook. Thi…
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Icklingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-21E1B9
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy Early-Medieval hooked tag of Read Class E Type 1. It is missing part of one sewing lug and the terminal end of the hook due to old breaks. The plate is sub-oval in form with small projecting semi-circular lugs at the top that have central circular sewing holes. At its base the plate tapers to a small projecting transverse collar beneath which extends an integral, but incomplete, hook that is oval in section and missing its tip due to old breaks. The front face of the plate has extensive decoration. This comprises a central oval panel of niello inlaid wi…
Created on: Thursday 30th October 2014
Last updated: Friday 5th December 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Snetterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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