This is a nice Renaissance (Tudor Period) silver aiglet, dating to the 16th century A.D. It is of simple construction, designed as a flattened oval with engraved decoration on both sides. Such aiglets were worn as a 'lace-tags' sewn onto brocaded fabric and silks. The majority of aiglets are made from pewter, bronze and occasionally silver such as this example. Similar large aiglets in gold appear on the clothing of Mary Nevill and her son Gregory Fiennes by Hans Eworth, 1559. Further examples and history of aiglets can be found in "Aiglets Medieval Post Medieval and Modern" by Gerald A. Livings.
This is a nice example in excavated condition
OBJECT: Aiglet (lace-tag)
CULTURE: Renaissance (Tudor Period)
DATE: c. 1500 - 1600 A.D.
SIZE: 19mm x 7mm x 2mm
WEIGHT: 0.9 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Essex.
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