This is a large Tudor period silver-gilt dress-hook, dating to the 16th century. The body is trefoil shaped, comprising a trio of bosses with wirework. Such hooks were worn during the post-medieval period in order to secure items of clothing. This example corresponds to Read's (2008) typology as part of the early post-medieval Class D. It can be dated on this basis to the 16th century or Tudor period. It is a good chunky example, intact except for the tip of the hooked pin. Further examples have been recorded from Horsham (SUR-B67D2E), Doncaster (SWYOR-00CFE5) and Broadland (NMS-8F0E3C). This example was originally found in Salisbury in 1984 and reported to the Devizes Museum.
OBJECT: Dress-Hook / clothing fastener
CULTURE: TUDOR Period
DATE: c. 1500 - 1600 A.D.
SIZE: 27.36mm x 23.09mm x 10.22mm
WEIGHT: 8.84 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-Private Collection, Wiltshire.
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