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Record ID: GLO-06A473
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
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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
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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
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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: OXON-F44BB7
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete cast copper alloy hooked tag dating to the post-medieval period (c. AD 1500-1550). The fitting (hooked tag / dress hook) has a circular plate, trapezoidal loop and the remains of the hook. The hook is broken from an old break. 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. Read (2008) Class E Type 3. For similar see Read 2008:92-93.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
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Record ID: BH-86DB31
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Record ID: CORN-3884A9
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Incomplete cast copper alloy dress fastener, the 'eye' section into which the hook would have fitted. The fastener is flat with an octagonal central plate with a trefoil extension at one end and the remains of the eye, now broken off, at the other end, leaving only the stubs of the rectangular frame of the eye. The fastener is decorated with a shallow moulded floral motif of an eight-petalled flower in the centre and curlicues above and below within a slightly raised linear frame. There are three holes for attachment, all 2 mm in diameter: one at the top of the trefoil and two more on …
Created on: Thursday 20th September 2018
Last updated: Monday 8th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-283E81
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post-medieval copper alloy dress hook, eye-section, of Read's Class A Type 2 dating from AD 1500 - 1700.The sub-oval plate is orientated travsversely; it has a raised rim and moulded decroation. At one end is a rounded attachment knop while at the opposite end is the sub-rectangular eye-section (loop, 8.4mm internal width). Just below this, projecting from the corners of the plate, are two further attachment holes. The centre of the plate is decorated with two addorsed flowers on stalks and with leaves springing from a central bar, all within a beaded frame. The reverse is flat and …
Created on: Sunday 26th August 2018
Last updated: Monday 24th September 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
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Record ID: SWYOR-5B3376
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A copper alloy dress fastener or mount from dating from about AD 1200-1700. It is a lozenge shaped plate of copper alloy with no surviving evidence of attachment. The front has an incised border with short transverse lines between the border line and the edge of the plate. The centre of the plate is decorated with faint rocker arm decoration. The plate is 20.2mm long, 17.5mm wide and 1.9mm deep. It weighs 1.4 grams. The patina dark grey/brown. Similar objects include YORYM-5A4A44 which is thought to be a mount, and NMS-7DC651 which is a double hooked dress hook. This plate could be fro…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2018
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Record ID: NARC-4AE068
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
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An incomplete copper-alloy hooked tag of early Post-Medieval date (AD 1500-1700). Read Class A Type 8. The object is a cast one piece and is composed of a flat sub-ovate plate with two projecting circular attachment loops to the left and right hand side of the broken hook. The opposing end terminates in an abraded, transverse break, resulting in the loss of the upper loop. The front face is decorated with a heraldic motif composed of the two shields of England and Ireland (Commonwealth arms - see Robinson 1999) within a linear oval border. The reverse is undecorated. The metal is a m…
Created on: Thursday 28th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 1st August 2018
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Record ID: OXON-3A01FE
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete cast copper alloy dress fastener (dress hook / hooked tag) dating to the early post-medieval period. The fastener is broadly triangular in plan with four projecting knops, two down each long edge. There is an incomplete rectangular attachment loop at the top of the fastener, and a rounded, blunted 'hook' at the opposing end. The front surface of the fastener is decorated with moulded relief in the form of a robed human, front facing bust and upper torso in a field of pellets and annulets. There is the remains of a white metal coating evident. The reverse of the fastener i…
Created on: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 27th June 2018
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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: PUBLIC-A3A237
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A Post Medieval Copper alloy Tudor clothes fastener. The main body of the fastener is a domed circle with an oval loop attachment at the top and a narrow broken hook at the bottom. There is a floral pattern on the surface of the object with four petals, each with three short lines and a central pellet in a circle. There is a rope-like border around the body.
Created on: Wednesday 20th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 17th August 2018
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Record ID: DOR-96FBF0
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A copper alloy dress hook or fastener dating to the 16th century. The object consists of one piece of copper alloy with a curved rectangular in section hook placed vertically at the lower edge. At the upper edge of the dress fastener there is an inverted-trapezoidal lobe with a central knop at the upper edge of the main body. The body of the fastener is broadly circular in shape. The integral hook would have once attached to another fastener on a garment. The end of the hook is pointed. The decoration consists of a central pellet surrounded by a circular moulded impression, within this…
Created on: Monday 14th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
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Record ID: NMS-9F8FEF
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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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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