Tudor period silver-gilt dress hook fastener

Tudor period silver-gilt dress hook fastener

Code: 11179


This is a wonderful Tudor period silver-gilt dress-hook, dating to the 16th century. The body is trefoil shaped, comprising a trio of bosses with wirework. A split pin passes through a central hole in the body. 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, specifically Type 6, number 265. It can be dated on this basis to the 16th century or Tudor period. It is a nice example and intact. Further examples have been recorded from Horsham (SUR-B67D2E), Doncaster (SWYOR-00CFE5) and Broadland (NMS-8F0E3C). Intact except for the attachment clasp, traces of the original soldering remaining in its place on the back.

OBJECT: Dress-Hook / clothing fastener


DATE: c. 1500 - 1600 A.D.

MATERIAL: Silver-gilt

SIZE: 22.29mm x 15.14mm x 6.50mm

WEIGHT:  2.93 grams

PROVENANCE:  Ex. Private Collection, Wiltshire.