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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: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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 inc…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd February 2011
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
Spatial data recorded.


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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
Spatial data recorded.


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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: SWYOR-480627
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large copper alloy book clasp dating from the late Medieval period. It has a large rectangular hollow plate that the strap would have fitted into and been secured with the two surviving rivets at the open end. At the closed end is a thicker lozenge shaped element with a circular hole in the underside. This is probably where the clasp fitted over a peg to close the book. There should be a terminal that projects beyond the lozenge shaped area, but this is missing and there is some visible damage here. The hollow strap fitting area is decorated with a letter M in black letter. The M is…
Created on: Tuesday 13th April 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sussex', 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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Record ID: IOW-0635D4
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete sheet copper-alloy hook-piece from a post-Medieval book-clasp (c.1550-1750). The object is sub-rectangular in plan, with a curving hook (3.6 x 4.3) at one end and a transverse break at the opposite end. Part of each side, at the break end, is bevelled. Close to the centre is the remains of a copper-alloy rivet, the head of which is barely visible at the front. At the rear, the rivet is surrounded by iron staining. The upper face is decorated with a large ring-and-dot motif and the break has occurred mid-way through the motif. The main body is decorated with linear and…
Created on: Wednesday 27th January 2010
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-8667E5
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete hook-piece from a copper alloy Post Medieval (c.1550-1750) book-clasp. It is a sub-rectangular piece of copper alloy sheet, with a flared attachment end which is mostly lost to old damage. At the opposite end is a curved hook (4.1mm wide) the tip of which has been lost. Below this the main body of the clasp is 10.5mm in width. At the attachment end is a mass of iron corrosion which may be the remains of a rivet. There is stamped decorationm of a band with possibly flowers on in and trianges projecting from one side running across the width near the hooked terminal. This a…
Created on: Wednesday 28th October 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Worthing', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-83CE25
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Hinged terminal from a medieval book clasp, made from copper alloy and cast in one piece. The main part is oval with a central hole, flat on the sides and reverse and convex at the front. The central circular hole is 2.1mm in diameter. From one side of the oval part two lugs project; between these runs a separate copper-alloy bar, around which the attachment end was once hinged. An undecorated rectangular sheet-metal plate is bent in half around the bar, and represents the only part of the attachment end surviving; the rest is lost due to an old break. To the other side of the centr…
Created on: Wednesday 28th October 2009
Last updated: Monday 4th July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Worthing', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-490222
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A largely complete hook-piece from a copper alloy Post Medieval book-clasp. It 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 8.5mm in width, flaring to a maximum of 14.7mm at the attachment end. At the attachment end the plate splits into two, one fork is broken and bent, the other has a slight S-shaped curve at the end. There are two rivet holes near the attachment end, one in each fork and possibly a third with the stub of the rivet still in place near the hook end. The rivet hol…
Created on: Wednesday 8th July 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Worthing', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-2356D1
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 small artefact is sub-rectangular in shape, with a flared attachment end, now slightly abraded. At the opposite end is a curved hook (up to 3.25mm wide). The artefact has been cut from a flat sheet. There is a single central rivet hole at the attachment end. The upper surface is decorated within a field between the hook and the perforation. This field is delineated by a group of transverse features above and below: a beaded line within two narrow lines. Within the area thus delineated is a floral/foliate motif. T…
Created on: Monday 6th July 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Amport CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CAM-FA0654
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Hook-piece from a small flat rectangular book-clasp, made from a brownish copper alloy. The hook is narrow and springs from a slightly expanded square area decorated with some very faint longitudinal grooves. These fade out further down the object where there is a small copper-alloy rivet. The grooves then return and there are two further rivet holes, both now empty, before the clasp flares slightly into a shaped end, one corner of which is now missing. The object is now slightly bent but the original length was 51 mm; it is 8 mm wide for most of its length, but slightly wider at b…
Created on: Monday 22nd June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: IOW-5AAF10
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper alloy hook-piece from a post-Medieval book-clasp (c. 1550-c. 1750). The artefact is flat and the hooked-end part is missing due to a transverse break. The surviving end is the attachment end. The main body of the fitting has parallel side with a width of 26.0mm and flares out at each side of the attachment end to form pointed corners. Here the width is 37.3mm. Along the edge of the attachment end there are four small decorative triangular removals. Close to the longitudinal centre-line, near the attachment end, are two rivet holes. One of these is circular with…
Created on: Thursday 21st May 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 17th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-2D8BB6
Object type: BOOK FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gilded copper-alloy strap-end, probably from a book, of box-like construction. The part containing the strap is basically rectangular and flat, with a shaped end with a median notch; it is pierced by two dome-headed copper alloy rivets used to secure the strap. This area is inscribed IhC (for Jesus Hominum Salvator, Jesus Saviour of Mankind) on a hatched field; the lettering is the right way up when the object is held with the attachment end and rivets to the left. The object then enlarges into a hollow box-like lozenge-shaped element, cast in the form of an elaborate quatrefoil …
Created on: Tuesday 19th May 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 25th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scole', grid reference and parish protected.


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