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Record ID: KENT-9565A3
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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A complete copper-alloy post-medieval book-clasp. The artefact is made up of two pieces, one a plain attachment fitting on to which a decorative hooked plate is joined by a hinge. The decorative plate is 49.1mm long; it is sub-rectangular in shape, with expanded and cusped lateral terminals with a narrowed protrusions for the hook. The curled hook is 7.7mm wide. At the opposite end is cylindrical loop, 17.8mm wide; this retains an iron axis bar which joint the plate on to the attachment fitting. The hooked plate has been cut from A sheet of copper alloy and the upper surface is…
Created on: Thursday 27th October 2011
Last updated: Thursday 27th October 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lyminge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-9B3898
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: York
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sheet copper alloy hook piece from a Post-Medieval book-clasp dating from the 17th Century. It is sub rectangular in shape with a flared end and the opposing end terminating in a narrowed, curved hook. At the flared end, the plate divides into two parts separated by a V shaped groove. Each terminal is bi-lobate and has a single circular rivet hole in the lobe nearest the groove. Both copper alloy rivets survive. The upper surface is decorated with a circular design made up of two incised lines near the hook end, the centre of which has a punched dot; near the groove end, is another …
Created on: Wednesday 21st September 2011
Last updated: Thursday 22nd September 2011
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Record ID: SWYOR-6B1F08
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sheet copper-alloy hook-piece from a post-medieval book-clasp dating from the 17th century AD. It is sub-rectangular in shape with a flared end and the opposing end terminating in a narrowed, curved hook (5.66mm wide). At the flared end, the plate divides into two parts separated by a V shaped groove. Each terminal is bi-lobate and has a single circular rivet hole in the lobe nearest the groove. One copper alloy rivet survives. There is no decoration visible on the upper surface. Near the hook end is another partially surviving copper alloy rivet around which part of a separate copp…
Created on: Monday 1st August 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd August 2011
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Record ID: PAS-2E1144
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
(5) Billingsgate - Item 12. Copper-alloy book-clasp. C16th/C17th.
Created on: Tuesday 5th July 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 19th September 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Billingsgate', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-B366D4
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sheet copper-alloy hook-piece from a post-medieval book-clasp (c. 17th century AD). It is sub-rectangular in shape with a flared end, the opposing end terminates in a narrowed, curved hook (W.: 4.4mm). The upper surface is decorated with a stamped double ring-and-dot motif at its centre. It has a pair of extant rivets at the cusped flared end. There is a further rivet above the ring-and-dot motif around which part of a separate iron sheet is retained on the back. Book-clasps bearing similar decorative motifs (ring and dot) can be found illustrated in Crummy (1988, 68). These exam…
Created on: Wednesday 29th June 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Amport CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-0A3538
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper-alloy book-clasp. Sub-lozenge in form, with curved clasp at one end and sub-triangular element at the other; the latter has a central rivet hole. The object has sub-rectangular winged elements (on either side) just above the clasp and where the sub-rectangular element begins. The object is decorated with stamped dots on its external side.
Created on: Tuesday 21st June 2011
Last updated: Thursday 30th June 2011
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Record ID: LANCUM-E28116
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast and stamped copper-alloy hook-piece from a book-clasp dating from the early post-medieval period, i.e. c. AD1550-1650). This artefact is flat with parallel sides and the front plate is missing. It has a centrally placed hook which is 'U'-shaped in side profile. This fitting is in poor condition with a rusty brown patina with green edges. The length is 35mm, width is 19mm, and the weight is 3g.
Created on: Tuesday 7th June 2011
Last updated: Monday 15th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'WEST BRADFORD', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-E6F576
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast and stamped copper-alloy hook-piece from a book-clasp dating from the early post-medieval period, i.e. c. AD1550-1650. This artefact is flat with parallel sides and the attachment end is missing due to an irregular break. The back plate is missing. It has a centrally placed hook which is 'U'-shaped in side profile. On the front, at the hook end, there is stamped or engraved decoration consisting of framed lattice pattern rectangular. Towards the other end it is decorated with a bar of lines parallel to the sides of the fitting and five deep stamps of concentric circ…
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 7th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kendal', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-280856
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval/post-medieval hooked book clasp with the backplate attached by two rivets near the scalloped end and one riveted lug with a transverse perforation near the hook. It is decorated with rocker-arm engraved lines along the sides enclosing a large saltire. There are also many short lengths of oblique rocker-arm, some of which suggest ferns. It measures 66 x 31mm. The backplate is 58mm long. The lug may have had attached cords to facilitate removal, as suggested for other forms of medieval book-clasp (Egan 1998, The Medieval Household, pp 278-80). This example dates from the 1…
Created on: Tuesday 17th May 2011
Last updated: Friday 11th November 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wymondham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-191137
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-Medieval copper-alloy hook-piece from a book-clasp (c. 1550-c. 1650). This artefact is flat with parallel sides and the attachment end is missing due to an irregular break. The back plate is missing. It has a centrally placed hook measuring 6.6mm in length and 11.1mm in width which is 'U'-shaped in side profile. On the front, at the hook end, there is stamped or engraved decoration consisting of a rectangular feature with three triangles projecting towards the attachment end. Within this decoration there is a small off-centre circular rivet hole. At the opposite end…
Created on: Monday 16th May 2011
Last updated: Sunday 26th August 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-4EF407
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete copper-alloy hook-piece probably from a post-medieval book-clasp. The small artefact is sub-rectangular in shape, with expanded and cusped lateral terminals with narrowed protrusions for the hooks. The curled hook is 5.4mm wide. At the opposite end is cylindrical loop, 6.35mm wide; this retains the corroded remains of an iron axis bar. The artefact has been cut from a flat sheet. The upper surface is decorated within a linear border. Within this is a hexagonal field created by diagonal incisions towards the hooks. The zones outside this field are decorated with diagonal inci…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Last updated: Thursday 17th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fareham CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-1960B2
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A corroded and damaged hook-piece from a copper-alloy post-medieval book-clasp. The attachment end has been bent through ninety degrees at approximately one third along its length; it is abraded at this end. The object is sub-rectangular in shape, with a flared attachment end. At the opposite end is a curved hook (3.7mm wide). Below this the main body of the clasp is 10.65mm in width, at the beginning of a double cusped element, narrowing beyond to 8.0mm, finally flaring to a maximum of 13.2mm at the damaged attachment end. At the attachment end the are small removals which helped def…
Created on: Thursday 27th January 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd February 2011
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Record ID: BUC-3FAF64
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Central Bedfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy Post-Medieval book clasp. Quite simplistic in form, the book-clasp is rectangular in body, with a lozenge-shaped clasp. Three rivet-holes retained, two at the damaged bottom edge and a larger single hole in the thicker lozenge shaped clasp. The hole in the clasp is larger one side than the other, and this is where the clasp would have fitted over a peg to close the book. The rivets are missing. An almost complete back plate is still visible. Other examples include SUSS-A64B56 and NMS-66B7D2. SWYOR-A480627 is an almost identical parallel, except this example has more damag…
Created on: Wednesday 17th November 2010
Last updated: Thursday 20th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Woburn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-C0F9E7
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late medieval cast copper-alloy book clasp (14th century). Technically, this is a strap-end and parallels were published as such in the past (e.g. Ward Perkins 1940, 270; ref. 4). More recently a more precise use as a book-clasp has been suggested (Geake 2001, 61) and such pieces tend to be published as such: e.g. IOW-108BF1 on this database published in the Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report 2004/05 (pp. 71-72; ref. 133). The object consists of a rectangular 'box chape' integral with a lozengiform element from the other end of which protrudes a moulded zoomorphic terminal.…
Created on: Wednesday 18th August 2010
Last updated: Monday 4th July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hawkley CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-2DD746
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post-medieval copper alloy book clasp. The clasp has a rectangular body of sheet metal with a small hooked tab at one end. There is a rivet hole in the centre near the tab end. The body is decorated with a circle of punched triangles in the centre. To the tab end are three large triangles and a series of transversely punched ribs. There are two concentric circles to the right of the central one. Book-clasps bearing similar decorative motifs (punched ring and dot, the incised 'pheons') can be found illustrated in Crummy (1998, 68; e.g. ref. 2993). These examples are given a 17th-c…
Created on: Friday 30th July 2010
Last updated: Friday 5th February 2016
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Record ID: HAMP-710135
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A largely complete hook-piece from a copper-alloy post-medieval book-clasp. The artefact is now slightly bent, and abraded at its wider end. It is sub-rectangular in shape, with a flared attachment end. At the opposite end is a curved hook (6.4mm wide). Below this the main body of the clasp is 15.35mm in width, quickly narrowing to 11.65mm after 5.8mm, finally flaring to a maximum of 17.95mm at the damaged attachment end. At the attachment end the are small triangular removals which help define its shape. Both of the terminal lobes are missing as a result of old damage caused as a res…
Created on: Wednesday 21st July 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 21st July 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Quarley CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-A92BB0
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete catch piece from a cast copper-alloy post-medieval book-clasp. The artefact is sub-rectangular in shape, with a flared and cusped attachment end, with three incurving removals. There is a rivet hole at this end surrounded by a raised circle within a larger circular recess. There is a further hole at the catch end that is flanked on each side by incised longitudinal lines that increase in length as they travel away from the perforation giving the effect of a triangle at the upper apex of which is the hole. Above this is a transverse zone with incised borders featuring zig za…
Created on: Friday 12th March 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Twyford CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-2A5052
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy book clasp of Post-Medieval date. It is made from sheet metal, with an elaborate shape and decoration. One terminal consists of a rectangular plate 17.15mm x 13.03mm, with two protruding, cylindrical knops, which would have held a short bar, now missing. This would have formed the corresponding 'eye' plate to which a hooked clasp would have attached, in order to keep the book closed. The plate has two rivet holes, and a decorative edge with rounded knop on one side but missing, due to old breaks, from the other. It is decorated with bands of triangles, herringbone patter…
Created on: Monday 22nd February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Oakley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-159B82
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete hook-piece from a copper-alloy post-medieval book-clasp. The artefact is sub-rectangular in shape, with a flared and cusped attachment end, now slightly bent. At the opposite end is a curved hook (up to 4.9mm wide). The artefact has been cut from a flat sheet. There is a single central rivet hole at the attachment end; orange traces around the hole suggest that the rivet was made of iron. The upper surface is decorated within a number of fields between the hook and the perforation divided by raised transverse lines. Closest to the hook is a row of ?spades with a pair of loze…
Created on: Tuesday 9th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Broughton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-CE6246
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete cast end plate from a copper-alloy Medieval hinged book-clasp. The plate is missing, along with most of the two projections at the top of the cast terminal which would have held the hinge bar. The stubs of the projections remain, with old breaks. The end plate is sub-circular in plan with a central circular perforation and an end loop, at 90 degrees to the plane of the main plate. The front is slightly domed, with a transverse lowered area in the centre, around the perforation, and transverse rows of punched annulets across the raised areas and at the top and bottom of the …
Created on: Saturday 6th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 13th June 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Bognor Regis', grid reference and parish protected.


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