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Record ID: IOW-700468
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
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An incomplete post-Medieval copper-alloy dress fastener eye-piece of Read's Class A, Type 2 (1500-1700). The sub-oval plate has moulded decoration at the front and is flat and plain at the rear. At one end are the scant remains of an eye-section attachment loop and at the opposite end there is an incomplete attachment knop. There are two further attachment knops just below the attachment loop, one at each side. The centre of the plate is decorated with two addorsed flowers on stalks and with leaves springing from a central bar. The object is reddish brown with some drab green patina.…
Created on: Friday 15th February 2019
Last updated: Monday 18th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WREX-2EC294
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire West and Chester
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Copper alloy blunt-hook (Read Class A, Type 1) dating early post-medieval to Modern (c. 1500-1800AD). The hook is made from one piece of copper alloy wire with a loop at each end. The shank is bent back on itself at the mid point to form a hook. The hook has been flattened (see Read 2008, 155 No. 583). Length: 21.0mm; width: 8.5mm; thickness: 9.5mm; weight: 2.1g
Created on: Tuesday 12th February 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 12th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Farndon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WREX-AF97DA
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early post-medieval copper alloy dress fastener (the hook section of a two-part clasp) dating (c. AD 1550-1700). The fastener is broadly oval with three attachment loops to sew the item to a garment - two protecting from the sides (both of which is now incomplete) and one projecting out from the base of the object. A large integral hook projects from the other end of the main oval body separated with a raised band. Both sides of the clasp appear to be undecorated. Length: 41mm; width: 23.4mm; thickness: 2mm; weight: 6.4g
Created on: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Farndon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WREX-AF8648
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire West and Chester
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Early post-medieval copper alloy dress fastener (the loop or eye section of a two-part clasp) dating (c. AD 1550-1700). The fastener is broadly oval with three attachment loops to sew the item to a garment - two protecting from the sides (one of which is now incomplete) and one at the base of the object. Both sides of the clasp appear to be undecorated. Length: 32.1mm; width: 25.6mm; thickness: 1.2mm; weight: 3.4g
Created on: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Churton by Farndon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-859B84
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead dress hook with a trefoil shaped serrated sided plate that supports three hemispherical domes. Each dome is decorated with a central boss on the top with four further bosses arranged evenly around the edge. In the centre of the plate is a large pellet that has three radiating ridges that dived the domes. On the reverse is a reward projecting rectangular lead loop, and at the lower edge is an expanded ridge that forms a socket that holds a rearward projecting hook made from a copper alloy pin.
Created on: Monday 4th February 2019
Last updated: Thursday 21st February 2019
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Record ID: OXON-B2D287
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy blunt-hooked dress fastener dating to the early post-medieval period (AD 1550-1700). The fastener has an ovoid plate with incomplete decorative 'loop' at the apex and half of the blunt-hook at the opposite end. In the centre is the ovoid plate which is decorated with symmetrical floral designs in moulded relief with the remains of white and blue champlevé enamelling. There are two attachment holes within the plate (currently filled with soil). Similar to those illustrated in Read (2008:180) no. 687 (Class A type 11).
Created on: Friday 25th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 25th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lewknor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: OXON-B28C8C
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A nearly complete cast copper alloy dress fastener (dress hook / hooked tag) dating to the post-medieval period (c. AD 1500-1550). The fitting has a circular plate, trapezoidal loop and is missing only the tip of the hook. The main plate of the object is domed with a concave back and convex front; it has a raised, moulded design of a human bust, possibly Jesus Christ or John the Baptist, contained within a circular pelleted border. Read (2008) Class E Type 3. For similar see Read 2008:92-93.
Created on: Friday 25th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 25th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lewknor', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-C83437
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Swindon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a Post-Medieval copper alloy dress fastener, of Read's (2008) Class a type 10, dating to c. 1600-1700. The fastener consists of a lozengiform plate with slightly concave sides, with pairs of opposed scrolled volutes projecting from the two angles on the lateral sides. A rectangular loop projects from one longitudinal edge, with the juncture with the plate flanked by sewing loops. A third sewing loop projects from between a further pair of volutes (although one is lost) at the other longitudinal end. The front of the plate is decorated with a floral motif, cast in low relief. …
Created on: Monday 14th January 2019
Last updated: Monday 14th January 2019
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Record ID: SUR-8AE762
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early Post Medieval copper alloy cast convex eye segment from a blunt-hooked clasp, 43.3mm in length, with three attachment loops and a strongly moulded chequered pattern to the face. The square eye loop is broken. Circa 16th-17th century.
Created on: Tuesday 18th December 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2018
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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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: GLO-06A473
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy 'female' tag from a pair hooked tags. The tag has a sub-lozenge plate with scrollwork edges and a large rectangular loop at one end. At either side of the rectangular loop are two pierced lugs with a third at the rear for attachment. The centre of the plate is decorated with a foliate design of a central flower surrounded by four small buds arranged in a cross saltire; to either side is a leaf with serrated edges; above and blow is a berry. This artefact dates to the 16th century.
Created on: Monday 5th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-73F730
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy hooked clasp dress fastener of Read class A, type 1 dating to c.1600-1700. The hook or eye is missing. The clasp comprises a circular openwork plate with three pierced lobes for attachment positioned at 11, 3 and 7 o'clock (with attachment end positioned to the side). The lobes are circular with a large circular aperture, one lobe at 3 o'clock is larger with a scalloped decoration. On the opposing side is the vertical break where the hook or eye would have been. When the clasp is positioned with the attachment end to the side, the openwork apertures frame an …
Created on: Monday 29th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 31st October 2018
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Record ID: NARC-1CEB67
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy Dress Fastener of Post-Medieval date (AD 1550-1650). Read's Early Post Medieval Class A Type 1a. The object is a formed of a single piece of copper alloy composed of two eyes, recurved loops at the top of the object oriented with the plan of the body of the hook. The hook is formed by the recurved and flattened centre of the wire. There is some retained gilding. The metal has a dark brown pitted patina. Length: 21.17mm, Width: 14.41mm, Thickness: 1.80mm, Weight: 2.4g.
Created on: Thursday 25th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Record ID: BH-86DB31
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy one-piece dress fastener dating to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 1550-1700). The fastener is broadly sub-oval in plan and rectangular in cross-section. Projecting from the central plate are three attachment loops for sewing; two at one end, and another bent one comprising the terminal the other end, either side of which is a small swirled knop. There is also a double-swirled projection situated halfway along each of the central plate's long edges. A round ended, rectangular sectioned hook projects from between the two attachment loops at one end. The uppe…
Created on: Thursday 18th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 26th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-5EDA81
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy dress hook, Read class A, type 2, dating from the early post-medieval period. about AD 1550 - 1700. It has a flat, oval body with three pierced lugs for attachment, one on each side of the oval and one at the base. At one end of the oval is a transverse strip, and the remains of a broad, curved hook, part of which has broken away and is missing. The face of the body is decorated with an engraved design consisting of a spray of five leaves, edged with a border of small annulets. The reverse is plain. The hook has a smooth, light green patina. It is 39mm long, …
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: KENT-B64635
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The hooked element of a hook-and-eye clasp dating to the late 16th or 17th centuries. Description: The hooked clasp has a large square plate with rounded attachment lobes with square collars and a flat forward-curved incomplete hook. The lobes are set either side of the body and opposite end to the hook. Each of these lobes has been pierced and retain iron rivets. The blunt hook has a banded collar which is pointed at the body end of the blunt hook. Measurements: 27.93mm long, 26.17mm wide, 1.79mm thick and 2.21g in weight. Discussion: The hook matches Read's early Post-Medieval blu…
Created on: Monday 8th October 2018
Last updated: Thursday 11th October 2018
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Record ID: CORN-10183D
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy dress fastener or eye in the shape of a bow with a central moulded roundel with incised cross hatching to create the appearance of a pomegranate or acorn. Each loop is triangular in plan and tapers towards the central roundel which is hollow at the back. The sides of the loops are D-shaped in section with rounded outer edges and straight internal edges. At the wide external ends of each loop, the outer bar is recessed and worn in the middle where it would have been attached to a hook or thread. There are patches of black lacquer on the front and back of the fastener w…
Created on: Sunday 30th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
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Record ID: DOR-A65E08
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy dress hook fastener. The dress hook has circular central plate decorated with a moulded five petalled rose. There is a central circular hole through the rose and another circular hole below it, above the rearward hook. There is a rectangular attachment loop at the top. At the bottom is a D-sectioned rearward hook which tapers to a sharp point. Read Class E Type 3 Date: Post medieval - c. 1500 - 1600 Dimensions: 32.57 mm x 14.45 mm x 5.10 mm Weight: 1.75 g Similar examples are recorded in Read, B 2008 Hooked Clasps & Eyes, Nos 342 - 347
Created on: Tuesday 25th September 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: BERK-4A4C82
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy dress fastener with a white metal coating c. 1550 - 1650 AD. This example is described in Read's as an Early Post Medieval Class A Type 1a with a single blunt-hook and eye clasps. The surface is heavily eroded with fragment of a silver coating and ferrous staining beneath.
Created on: Friday 21st September 2018
Last updated: Monday 24th September 2018
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