This is a fabulous Tudor period gold dress-hook, dating to the 16th century. It is decorated as a blooming flower. Originally it would have been set with seed pearls, threaded through the gold wire. The central axel (now bent) would have been set with a large pearl or sapphire. Clothing / dress-hooks, are usually found in bronze, silver, and silver-gilt. This is the first I have recorded to be made of solid gold! A real treasure and certainly a piece worn by a member of royalty or high nobility.
OBJECT: Dress-Hook / clothing fastener
CULTURE: TUDOR Period
DATE: c. 1480 - 1580 A.D.
MATERIAL: GOLD 22k +/-
SIZE: 22mm x 14mm x 8mm
WEIGHT: 4.03 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex property of a London collector, originally found in France.
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