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Record ID: NMS-9F8FEF
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post-medieval white-metal coated copper alloy dress fastener of abnormal form, bearing some similarity to Read 2008 early post-medieval single blunt-hooked clasps of Class A, but without close parallel in both its sub-trapezoidal shape and its decoration, and with a blunt T-shaped hook that might be considered a toggle. Relief decoration comprises a scroll at each corner, with two at the end near the hook curled around attachment holes. Between these there is a large heart-shaped aperture and a motif that covers the rest of the surface appears to be a passant guardant leopard standing …
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 25th October 2018
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Record ID: NMS-E62905
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Treasure Case 2016 T806 Description: Post medieval silver dress fastener comprising the "female" component of the fitting. A moulded openwork plate comprising a symmetrical design made up of a series of foliate motifs with a cinquefoil on either side of the plate. At one end the plate tapers to a collared knop, at the other it exhibits a D-shaped loop. Dimensions: Length: 29.9mm, width: 19mm, thickness: 1.9mm, weight: 2.5g. Date: c. AD 1600 - 1700. Discussion: No exact parallel for this object could be found, however, Read (2008, p. 181 - 182) discusses a number of broadly…
Created on: Wednesday 12th October 2016
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Congham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-7F905C
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete copper alloy mount, flat and square or lozengiform, with solder on the reverse. One corner is missing. The front is engraved with a lattice of oblique lines partly within a frame, and there are seven to nine V-shaped notches in each side. Probably part of a Read 2008 early post-medieval Class D, Type 3 single sharp-hooked clasp. Cf. NMS-8BBC52. 18.5 x 17.7mm. Thickness 1mm. 16th century.
Created on: Monday 20th June 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd May 2017
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Record ID: NMS-7AE3B5
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post-medieval, silver, gilded dress fastener. Openwork plate consisting of four circular apertures around a central heart with scrolls to either side, a narrow transverse rib forming a straight edge above the heart and two pierced circular attachment lugs projecting from the lower edge below the heart. In the centre of the upper straight side is a broken, ungilded scar where a missing element, probably a pierced lug forming the eye, has broken off. Gilding on the reverse survives only within the stamped maker's mark, R. Post-medieval eye plates are less commonly found than the dress h…
Created on: Monday 20th June 2016
Last updated: Sunday 18th December 2016
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Record ID: NMS-5F5159
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy late medieval to early post medieval double sharp hooked clasp (Read Class S type 1). Lozengiform body (39mm x 39.5mm across angles) with a 4mm x 52mm double-hooked strip running across the angles and riveted to the centre of the reverse. The front of the rivet is raised whilst the reverse is flush. The clasp strip is made by folding the sides of a wider sheet into the centre to give double thickness with the sharpened ends looped back 180 degrees to form the hooks. The surface of the body is decorated around the border with linear regular rocker arm wriggle-work. Similar…
Created on: Tuesday 1st March 2016
Last updated: Friday 10th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Taverham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-F3E51F
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval copper alloy eye-part of a blunt hooked clasp; Read Class A, type 8. Sub-oval body with two central side knops. The terminal end has an open rectangular loop to accomodate the blunt hook from the other half of the clasp. Three attachment tabs with central circular holes, two flank the body-side corners of the loop and the third is set axially on a short stub at the opposite end to the loop. The oval body has a twin oval border with beaded decoration within. The border contains a moulded foliate decoration. Read, B, Hooked-Clasps and Eyes; (2008) p175; No. 664 illustrates…
Created on: Monday 3rd August 2015
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
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Record ID: NMS-61D4EE
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete Post Medieval blunt-hooked clasp. Sub oval body shape with three attachment loops, one side and the endmost of which are missing. Attachment hook at opposite end also missing from a transverse break. Front face engraved and punched with a floral design. A very similar clasp is illustrated in Read, B. Hooked-Clasps and Eyes (2008) p170: No. 639. Read class A, type2. Circa 1550-1650.
Created on: Monday 27th July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2018
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Record ID: NMS-AE025C
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete post-medieval copper alloy hooked dress fastener, a cast flat lozengiform plate with one end missing. The front is engraved with an elaborate quatrefoil in the centre of a lattice with rocker-arm around the edges. On the reverse there are clear indications in solder of the position of the lost hook and less obvious signs of the ends of a loop. Read 2008, early post-medieval Class D, Type 3. Cf. with a plain example from North Yorkshire, ibid. no. 217. Estimated length of plate 22mm. Width 19mm. Thickness 1.1mm. 16th century. Field FLO12
Created on: Friday 12th June 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 15th March 2016
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Record ID: NMS-3147AD
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete and partly distorted post-medieval sheet copper alloy composite sharp-hooked and heart-shaped clasp of Read 2008, Class D, Type 5. The hook and parts of the front plate are missing. The edges of the back plate are engrailed and the front plate is decorated, within a border of pellets and radial ribs, with three double concentric circles of tiny pellets, each surround a septfoil, with, in the centre of the three, a large pellet. Length and width 24.3 and 21.7mm. 16th century. Within 30m of grid reference
Created on: Wednesday 13th May 2015
Last updated: Thursday 23rd June 2016
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Record ID: NMS-09E149
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Eye-plate from a post-medieval copper alloy single blunt-hooked clasp of Read 2008, Class A, Type 2, with one of the three attachment loops missing. The foliar ornament in counter-relief on the ovoid plate is the same as that on a male (hook) plate from Staffordshire (ibid. no. 651). A very close female parallel has been recorded from Dorset (HAMP-746D80) and an unprovenanced example differs in minor detail (NARC-20B077). Length 33.3mm. Estimated width c.25mm. 17th century.
Created on: Wednesday 29th April 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 29th March 2016
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Record ID: NMS-E5EBC4
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval silver dress fastener eye plate cast in the form of a fan of feathers with an opposed angled lines with curled ends either side of an arrow at the base of the fan. The feathers are alternately plain and cast with a central rib and angled lines. The plate is pierced twice to form attachment holes, with the third attachment loop projecting from the top of the fan and an oval eye projecting from the base. Read (2008) Class A, Type 7, see 175, no.662 for a hooked example depicting feathers. Length 25mm. Width 15m. Thickness 1.5mm.Weight 1.0g. 17th century.
Created on: Wednesday 15th April 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigstock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-7B0FBE
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver dress fastener eye plate of Read (2008) Class B. Crescent-shaped plate decorated with filigree, consisting of a twisted wire border around an abstract design, probably two flowers with long stamens in a pot. There are very slight traces of possible inlay in at least one of the twisted wire cells forming the design. A single piece of wire is bent to form two attachment loops and the eye and soldered to the reverse. Slight traces of gilding survive. Length 16mm Width 13mm. Weight 0.6g. Broadly similar to NMS-D26CB2 (Wendling, Norfolk, HER42701), LVPL-859AC5 and KENT-3F6696. 1500 …
Created on: Friday 10th April 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mundham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-DA4D77
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete post-medieval copper alloy dress-fastener hook plate, Read Class A, type 2, flat oval with three broken attachment loops and broken blunt hook. The decoration comprises a probable mask between ribbon-like decoration reserved on an enamelled field. The area of the mask is green, between two flanking black ovals on a white field, within a green border with the remains of eight white dots. Extant length 42mm. Extant width 24mm. See Read (2008), p.175-6, nos.663-4 and an enamelled eye plate from Witton (NMS-684305). Late 16th-17th century. …
Created on: Monday 9th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 9th March 2015
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Record ID: NMS-65CBD2
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete cast copper alloy Post Medieval hooked tag, The tag has an oval convex body, moulded and convex at the front with a hollow back. At one end the axial hook or eye is missing from an old break, with the original attachment point flanked by semi-circular tabs pierced with circular holes. There is a similar tab positioned axially at the opposite end of the body. The front face of the body is decorated with a fleur de lis or floral decoration the central projecting leaf of which is flanked by annulets. The front face retains some evidence of a surface finish, probably tinning. A…
Created on: Wednesday 14th January 2015
Last updated: Friday 9th February 2018
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Record ID: NMS-86AFF4
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Saxon copper alloy double-hooked dress fastener, both hooks distorted outwards. The hooks are conjoined by an integral rectangular-sectioned bar that is pierced at the centre through the narrower width by a transverse hole drilled from both faces. The bar is decorated with four punched ring-and-dots, on both sides of the hole and on both faces. 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 1996, 47-8. Examples from Norfol…
Created on: Thursday 4th September 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 5th July 2016
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Record ID: NMS-57F66D
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post-medieval silver eye-plate dress fastener consisting of a triangular plate with three twisted wire annulets within a twisted wire border which follows the edge of the plate, with a single length of silver wire soldered to the reverse bent and protruding from beneath the plate to form two attachment loops and an eye. Gilding survives on the front of the wire and plate but is missing from the centre of the three annulets suggesting a possible lost pellet. There are slight traces of gilding on the reverse and the tips of two corners of the plate are missing. Length 13mm. Width 10mm. …
Created on: Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 4th October 2016
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Record ID: NMS-A2EA98
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy artefact possibly a large Early Medieval shroud hook of 8th-9th century AD date. The object is comprised of a central 41mm long elongated barrel-shaped body, the faces of which are slightly facetted giving it an almost oval hexagonal cross-section. Either side of the central body the cross-section changes abruptly to circular and forms approximately 25mm long tapering points. Both points have a slightly arched deflection that follows the curve of the centre section. Each of the points are rounded and blunt and allowing for erosion in the ground it is not clear if t…
Created on: Friday 13th June 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 16th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Lewes', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-F08E37
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy early Post Medieval blunt-hooked eye. The main body of the mount is sub oval in plan with a transverse rectangular attachment eye at one end and a lingulate shaped projection at the other. Around the edge of the body there are the remains of four circular attachment loops, two on each side, only one of which is complete. On the front face the clasp is decorated in moulded relief with a facing human bust with what appear to be rabbit ears, although these may be part of the background detail. There is a close parallel in Read: Hooks Clasps and Eyes, (2008); p1…
Created on: Wednesday 4th June 2014
Last updated: Thursday 2nd November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Lewes', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-61248D
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a medieval/post-medieval copper alloy double-hooked fastener, lozengiform plate (28 x 28.5mm, 0.5mm thick) with multiple punched dots, pierced by a central rivet-hole containing copper alloy rivet, double-hooked strip missing from reverse. Cf. Margeson (1993) fig.9, no.81 and Read (2008), early post-medieval Class S double sharp-hooked clasp, nos.546-9. 15th-16th century.
Created on: Friday 16th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 28th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fincham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-201722
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late medieval or post-medieval silver, gilded dress fastener eye-plate. The plate is in the form of an elaborate trefoil, the side foils at right-angles to the central foil, each with a median rib and trefoil terminal, with one straight edge with a very narrow flange. There are two separately applied off-centre pellets. The plate is pierced twice behind the straight edge, with a pierced lobe at the terminal of the vertical foil for attachment. On the reverse is a separate soldered loop now broken in line with the straight edge but which would originally have extended beyond it to rece…
Created on: Tuesday 13th May 2014
Last updated: Friday 30th May 2014
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