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    • Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
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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: 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-A9E705
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: An incomplete cast silver clothes fastener broadly corresponding to Read's Class A, type 12. The fastener is preserved intact, though the hook on the rear face of the object is partially broken and distorted in old damage. In plan it takes the form of a fleur de lis, with a rectangular aperture in its projecting front edge, behind which are two circular attachment holes. Date: c. 1600-1700 AD. Dimensions: the fastener measures 26.24mm long, 21.60mm wide at its widest point, and 1.32mm thick at its midpoint. It weighs 3.94g. Discussion: For a parallel fastener dated to …
Created on: Wednesday 21st December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Risby', 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: 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: SUR-4440F5
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possibly Post Medieval copper-alloy sub-oval hooked fastener made crudely from a sheet of metal with a hook and six circular holes arranged randomly.
Created on: Sunday 6th December 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 17th February 2016
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Record ID: WILT-F0C6B6
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy Post-Medieval openwork dress fastener (c. 1500 - 1600). Read's Class E, Type 3 , Cf. Read 2008, p.105 no.410. It consists of a stylised heart, a projecting ridged and ribbed collar at the juncture of the plate and hook. The rectangular loop at the top of the dress fastener is missing. The dress fastener measures 21.36mm in length, 12.30mm maximum width, 2.64mm minimum width, is 1.56mm thick and weighs 1.07g.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Last updated: Thursday 11th February 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-33667B
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy post-medieval mount or possible fastener. It consists of a damage curved section, which may have formed a complete circle originally, with a short arm extending from the outer edge, culminating in an incomplete fleur de lis terminal. The central part of this fleur de lis is damaged and may possibly have joined on to a longer section originally. The outer face is rounded and the reverse is flat with a short attachment lug in the centre of the fleur de lis section. It is worn and corroded. The damage makes it difficult to determine the original form of the …
Created on: Friday 30th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thelnetham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-BBAB39
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: A complete silver post-medieval hooked dress fastener. It is circular in shape with twisted silver wire filigree decoration on the outer face. This consists of a double wire border with four ovals arranged in a quatrefoil in the middle with a raised pellet in their centre. To the reverse is a hook with two attachment eyes at one end, all formed from a single piece of wire. It survives in good condition although the hook is slightly bent out of shape. Dimensions: Length: 13.96mm, width: 9.19mm, thickness: 3.31mm, weight: 0.83g Discussion: This fastener belongs to Read's (…
Created on: Wednesday 30th September 2015
Last updated: Friday 11th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Eye', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-7345D7
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy post-medieval dress hook. It has a circular openwork body consisting of a central heart shape surrounding by a circle and then a row of conjoined ovals. Extending from the top is a rectangular attachment loop and from the bottom a rear-facing pointed hoop. It survives in fair condition, but the hook is bent out of shape. It belongs to Read's (2008) early post-medieval Class E, Type 3, particularly his no.363-97, which appear to have been in use during the 16th and into the 17th century (ibid., 87). Length: 31.48mm, width: 16.39mm, thickness: 7.05mm, weigh…
Created on: Friday 21st August 2015
Last updated: Friday 11th September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alderton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-C9B052
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy hooked tag of Post-Medieval date belonging in Read's Early Post-Medieval Class E Type 3 group. It is missing the terminal end of the hook due to old breaks. The object has a sub-oval shaped plate with moulded and openwork decoration, and an integral rectangular sewing loop that is rectangular in section at the top of the plate. The decorative elements comprise a central hatched lozenge (or pineapple?) motif, with V-shaped moulding below, and a trefoil or trifoliate collar at the top where the plate and loop meet. To each side are a series of openwork motifs …
Created on: Thursday 13th August 2015
Last updated: Thursday 13th August 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yaxley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-3CFB86
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead or lead alloy and iron medieval to post-medieval dress hook. It has a circular body and two ajoining circular suspension loops extending from one end. A break and traces of iron corrosion product at the opposite end suggests that an iron hook was attached here originally. The outer face of the circular section is decorated with a raised line around the outer edge and a central raised annulet with three double raised lines radiating outwards from it at regular intervals. It has some similarities with the lead/tin example illustrated by Read (2008, 126, no.517), wh…
Created on: Friday 19th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 26th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hemingstone', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-C12AA7
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy post-medieval eye-section dress fastener. It is triangular in form with slightly bevelled outer edges and small circular loops extending from each corner. Below the shorter edge is a kidney shaped recess with five tiny knops extending from its inner edge. Above this a rectangular loop extends from the edge. The most comparable examples are Read (2008, 180-1) Class A, Type 11 and 12, which are both of 16th or 17th century date. Length: 36.59mm, width: 28.21mm, thickness: 3.76mm, weight: 6.64g
Created on: Friday 20th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 29th April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Westley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-BE5A9A
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy probable post-medieval double hook fastener. It consists of an oval disk, decorated on the outer face with two central raised transverse lines, and a small, incomplete strip of metal extending from each end. It is very similar to an example from Norwich illustrated by Margeson (1993, fig.9, no.80), which came from a 16th century context. Length: 18.36mm, width: 15.39mm, thickness: 1.58mm, weight: 1.46g
Created on: Friday 20th March 2015
Last updated: Thursday 14th May 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Westley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-9A9C4F
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy hooked tag of Post-Medieval date. It has a shield shaped plate with the remains of an incomplete but integrally cast sewing lup at the top. The front face has incised decoration comprising a single grooved border, within which is an extremely worn central motif of uncertain form, but seemingly cross shaped(?) in appearance. From the base of the plate extends an integral hook with double transverse collar at the juncture with the plate. This is D-shaped in section and curls backwards to a sharp point. The entire object measures 24.07mm in length, 10.55mm…
Created on: Wednesday 18th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 11th May 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Acton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-95B0BB
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy hooked strap fitting of Post-Medieval date. It is rectangular in form, trapezoidal in section, with faceted edges. At the topis a projecting oval attachment loop with small terminal knop and central circular rivet hole. Extending from the base is a rectangular collar decorated on either side with mutliple notches. From the base of the collar projects an integral hook that is rectangular in section and cuves backwards to a rounded tip. On the back face the object has a separate sheet back plate held in place by an integral rivet visible on the back face of the colla…
Created on: Wednesday 18th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 11th May 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Redgrave', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-838F37
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy hooked tag of Post-Medieval date. It has a rectangular plate with integral rectangular sewing lug at the upper edge, and integral hook at the base. The plate has four notches along each edge and a large central rectangular boss. This has a central rectangular projection decorated with a single vertical groove with multiple diagonal grooves to each side, almost resembling a foliate motif. At the base of the plate the integral hook has a semi-circular collar with dome-shaped boss on the front face. The hook itself is D-shaped in section and curves backwards to a poin…
Created on: Tuesday 17th March 2015
Last updated: Friday 8th May 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Monks Eleigh', grid reference and parish protected.


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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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